Now, even preschoolers are enthralled with High School Musical--and this story hits awfully close to home for momlogic's Julie.
The other day when I dropped my 3-year-old daughter off at preschool, the teacher pulled me aside to tell me a doozy. Apparently yesterday, after her nap, Seena went over to a little boy and wistfully said, "Jack, I was thinking about you all during naptime."
Now, isn't 3 years old a little young to start obsessing about a boy during naptime? Yet, she is most definitely obsessing. And she's three. Did I mention that she's three?! This is the same girl who was reprimanded last week for playing her own version of the High School Musical game at school. She would go up to a boy, then say: "You be Troy, and I'll be Gabriella." (Not a great time to be Gabriella, really, what with the naked pics surfacing and all, but I'm relieved she doesn't surf the Internet yet.)
When the teacher told Seena this High School Musical game just wasn't appropriate, Seena said, "Hmph. Troy and I would like to be alone." Miss Rosalie, undeterred, said: "Seena, you need to come play with the other students." Seena looked her straight in the eye and said, "I'm not SEE-NA, I'm GAB-RI-ELLA!" and then stomped off to the corner in a huff.
WTF? Where is this coming from? Sure, I've let her watch High School Musical and High School Musical 2 a couple dozen times, but it's not like I'm showing her porn. Or is High School Musical like porn for little girls? And is that why Gabriella is now doing amateur porn? Hmm. Food for thought.
For now, I'm replacing High School Musical with Playhouse Disney at our house. I'll still let her play with the Troy and Gabriella Barbies, because, well, she just loves them so much and it seems cruel to take them from her. I love that's she so unique, such a character, and I don't want to strip this quality away. (Cue the HSM song "Stick to the Status Quo.") Yet, I don't want her telling the teacher she wants to be alone with Troy, either. So, for now, we're trying to strike some balance. The start of something new.