The Toddler: Feminist, Artist, Tin Enthusiast

256px-Emmeline_Pankhurst_Arrested_1914The Toddler spent a couple of hours at Daddy’s work, and she has a story to tell. A gripping tale, full of twists and intrigue. It has something for everyone: DIY, confusion, mundanity, feminism.

The Toddler is off to a good start, beginning in classic narrative fashion.

‘I’m going to tell you the story about what I did at Daddy’s work.’

We’re all sitting comfortably. The Toddler will begin.

‘I drawed and drawed and drawed and drawed, and then I got Daddy’s screwdriver.’

No explanation relating to the screwdriver is forthcoming. It will remain a mystery – left to the audience’s imagination. Meanwhile, the story continues with further exploration of the drawing part of the excursion.

‘I drawed a curtain and some tins.’

A curtain? And some tins? Is this the most mundane toddler artist ever?

‘Yes, they were in the tin and there was another tin, but Daddy said that was just a stormtrooper.’

Ah, this is starting to make more sense. Well, if you remove stormtrooper references, that is. The drawing pencils were in a tin? The Toddler didn’t draw tins?

‘Yes. They were in a tin.’

So, what did The Toddler draw?

‘I drew a panker.’

Erm…a panker?

‘Yes, panker. Sister suffragette. From Kensington to Billingsgate…’

The Toddler breaks into a very good rendition of Sister Suffragette from Mary Poppins. Not the most mundane toddler artist ever, after all. A genius. And a feminist. Emmeline Pankhurst? The Toddler drew Mrs Pankhurst?

‘Yes, panker! Sister suffragette. Shoulder to shoulder into the fray…’

Daddy interjects: ‘Didn’t you draw Daddy?’

‘Oh, yes, it was Daddy, actually.’

So near and yet so far. The patriarchy crushes feminism once again. Emmeline Pankhurst and the rest of the suffragettes fought tirelessly for equal rights with daddies to appear in toddlers’ drawings. Yet, here we are, in 2016…

 
 
Nominations for the Mumsnet Blogging Awards 2016 are open until 31st July. If you find me at all amusing, I would love nominations in the Best Comic Writer category. Nominating is very simple by following the link above. Thank you for reading my shameless begging.

26 comments

  1. Michelle says:

    Hahaha! That’s inspiring how she even knows who Mrs. Pankhurst is but funny how she quickly changed to drawing her daddy, LOL! Popping over from #anythinggoes

  2. I often feel like my toddler’s conversations need a map. This one definitely feels like one of those. I’m still intrigued about the storm trooper, and also thrilled to see that Ms Poppins is still doing a great job of educating our youngsters about suffrage from an early age! So funny as always hun x

    Thanks for linking with #fartglitter

  3. Kerry Norris says:

    Haha this is Hilarious and makes no sense at all. Reminds me of the conversations I have with my own daughter lol x

  4. He, he! It sounds like the toddler had a fun day at daddys office. I love conversations with toddlers and how they can totally sound like one thing, but turn out to be about something completly different! Emily #TwinklyTuesday

  5. Emma T says:

    Ha ha, this so made me laugh. I give up guessing what N’s artwork is. I just ask him because he’ll just say yes to whatever I suggest it is!

  6. I’m pretty impressed that a toddler knows who Emmeline Pankhurst is. I’m also impressed that she can recall anything from her day as the answers to these questions would be ‘I don’t know…’. Sigh.
    Thanks for liking up again, #chucklemums loves having you 🙂

  7. Kaye says:

    Haha kids are the best. Archie’s just starting to come out with sentences and words and we’ve no idea what he’s talking about but he seems to know! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  8. Every time I read your posts I think about all the things there is to come. Caspian’s getting to grips with drawing though he mainly tries to eat the pencil or pens and some times the paper too.

    I would have liked to have seen said drawing of Daddy/Panker! #bestandworst

    Nadia – ScandiMummy xx

  9. LOL! I love the random conversations with toddlers! But hey, the thought of drawing “Panker” was there…that’d be win enough for me! I’d leave out the fact she didnt do it in future re-tellings…minor detail! #pocolo

  10. Lol this is brilliant it did make me chuckle!! It’s so great that you have a record of these toddler moments :). Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week. X

  11. Sam says:

    This is too funny! I love toddler chat with my 2 year old niece, I can have better conversations with her thank I can with my teen some days! xx

  12. What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall for these conversations! LOL I drew a tin, no they were in a tin, I drew a panker, yes a panker. No, now I remember. I drew daddy. LOL

    I love these stories of the Toddler, she puts a smile on my face!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *