So, I've been in an anime mood so I dug my Fruits Basket DVDs out of the closet and have been watching them all evening with my two year old Alice. For those of you who don't know, Fruits Basket is a great anime about a family who has a curse on the that makes them turn into animals from the zodiac when hugged by a member of the opisite sex. They adopt an orphaned teenage girl, who falls in love with the boy possessed by the spirit of the cat, who was excluded from the zodiac because of the rat's trickery. It's kind of a Beauty and the Beast kind of thing, where the love of the girl breaks the curse and it's one of my favorites, but my poor little girl is having a hard time understanding it. Were sitting on the couch and she asks "What animal am I?"

"Well, being born in 2008, you would be a rat."

"A rat!" she giggled. "Who was the rat?"

"Yuki, remember, the one they called 'The Prince'?"

"What are you mommy?"

"I was born in 1989, so I'm a snake. You remember Aayme, the on with the long hair? Yuki's brother." She nodded. We watched for a little bit longer before she spoke again.

"Mommy, if a boy hugs me, will I turn into a rat?"

"No baby. This is a TV show." She thought about it for a moment.

"I want to be Kisa.(the tiger) She's cute."

"Honey, you're not going to turn into a tiger either. If someone hugs you, you're going to stay a little girl." She sighed.

"I want to be a tiger."

"It has nothing to do with what you want, it's what year you were born."

"I was born in the wrong year."

"No you weren't."

"I don't want to be Yuki. He's a boy."

"Just hush and watch the TV." She was quiet until we got to the next episode when she leaned over and tapped me.

"Mommy," she whispered.

"Yes baby?" I replied.

"Why is the snake man wearing a dress?"

"Because he's weird, Alice."

"Yeah, really weird. He's wearing a wedding dress and he's not even getting married."

"I know. He's very weird."

"Mommy, is that why you're weird."

"No honey. I'm weird because your aunt Emily dropped me on my head when I was three."


"Now shush and watch the show."

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Apr. 18, 2011 at 7:20 AM

LOL!! ;-) Cute!

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Apr. 18, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Lol I love this! Too cute :)

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Apr. 18, 2011 at 2:54 PM

She's still asking me why she can't be a tiger. Poor kid.

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