My Easter vacation this year was two days off from work. I celebrated by reading two Stephanie (of Full House) books and watching The Baby-Sitters Club movie twice.
The Full House books were a lot of fun because I remember reading them when they were first released. I can't remember if I related to the books on a personal level or was just entertained by them. It was probably just entertainment; I never wrote for the school newspaper or was pursued by a group of popular girls. The Flamingoes, the popular group in the Stephanie books, was like a sorority. The members wore at least one pink item everyday and they all had one fingernail that was painted pink. It sounds like the Pink Ladies to me. If I was the leader of a pack of giggling girls, I would make them wear floral prints and wear floral-scented perfume. I just love flowers.
The Baby-Sitters Club movie is also about friendship (and flowers!), but on a much deeper level. The friendships in the movie are more authentic and sweet than those in the Stephanie books. I cry everytime I watch the movie, even when I watch it twice in the same day. I cry when the club performs the brain rap for Claudia so she won't fail her science test. I cry again when they celebrate Kristy's birthday in Mallory's parents' cabin. And finally, I cry at the end of the movie when they present the greenhouse to Mrs. Haberman. I should mention that this is one of only two movies that always make me cry--the other is William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In real life I could never handle the relationships presented in those movies.
So, friendship has been the theme this week. I wonder what it would have been like to belong to a group like the Flamingoes or the Baby-Sitters Club. I wonder what they are doing now?!