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Friday, October 11, 2013

I was getting ready for work this morning, when Amelie came striding into the bedroom and exclaimed "Hi, everybody!" in the style of Nick Riviera from The Simpsons. It was slightly unsettling. I found myself instinctively replying "Hi, Dr Nick!", and then checking that I still had two kidneys.

Ordinarily, of course, Amelie's more of a Doc McStuffins kind of gal, and spends most of her time sticking a stethoscope up a sheep, but according to Mr Robert Patterson, a general surgeon from Leamington, Ontario, and Dr. Charles Weijer, Assistant Professor and Bioethicist at Dalhousie University, Halifax, who have studied the issue for the Canadian Medical Association, Dr Nick is a much better role model.

Oddly, however, in the process of finding that link for Doc McStuffins, I read this on the girl's Wikipedia page:

"The series received positive reviews and criticisms after its release. Kia Morgan Smith of said that "It truly warmed my heart and almost brought tears to my eyes when my 8-year-old, Mikaela, saw ‘Doc McStuffins’ for the first time and said, 'Wow, mommy — she’s brown,'". Myiesha Taylor of said that "This program featuring a little African-American girl and her family is crucial to changing the future of this nation." Taylor also applauded the concept of its portrayal of a young black girl who wishes to follow in the footsteps of her mother as a doctor as the lead character, that inspired her to collect pictures of 131 doctors — all black, all women — and publish a collage online under the heading, 'We Are Doc McStuffins.'"

Which is interesting, as it genuinely never occurred to me that she was black. I don't know if that's an indication of my open-minded, colour-blind acceptance of racial minorities, or just a sign that Amelie's toys are generally filthy, but either way I didn't notice. Although now that I have, I agree that she'll change the future of this nation. I think.

Anyhoo, in other childcare news, Lisa took Toby to playgroup yesterday, where he spent some time interacting with a suspiciously spotty child, so we're now on the lookout for chicken pox. Or possibly Clearasil. Obviously when it comes to the pox, you shouldn't count your chickens before they're scratched, but in a lot of ways it would be good for him to catch it now, before he learns to talk and can start moaning to us about it.

As it happens, however, that wasn't the only thing he picked up. He also crawled out with this leaflet...

I think the phrase 'Brave Steps' refers to the outfit at the bottom, which must have taken some nerve to wear. And they've clearly missed an opportunity by not calling themselves Squid Inc. But other than that, my main query is why the event only lasts for 45 minutes, when anyone with an under-2 knows that it's impossible to arrive less than an hour late for anything. The only mummies there will be in the Ancient Egypt Gallery.


Phil's Mum said...

Well,if Lisa starts out early ..........

Zed said...

it took me about three years to notice a schoolfriend of Ronan's was black (his family weren't and I didn't know he was adopted).