The 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.’
‘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…
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