Last year, Mother's Day weekend, I stayed at my brother's place. And I found myself sharing the house with his grand-daughter, a six-year old girl. This was just after Free Comic Book Day (which is always just before Mother's Day) and I had a lot of comic books with me. On Saturday, after my morning ablutions, I walked out to discover my grand-niece going through all my comics. She skipped some. I had, for example, an Archie digest which she ignored. But the Avengers, Batman, and, especially, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, she loved. And every chance she got for the weekend, she cornered me to ask questions about the various super-characters and others.
That isn't to say she doesn't like more ''girly'' things. Last year was 2014, and she was six, so, of course, she loves "Frozen." My Easter gift to her was a subscription to the "Frozen" magazine and a CD of all the songs from "Frozen," which she insisted on playing every day to school and back. (Her mother hasn't quite figured out how to "thank" me for that gift yet.)
And there's something else she loves, something which I've never really investigated. At Motor City Comic Con two months ago, I found several posters of this something, which I bought and sent to her. I just got a thank-you note for them. And, since she was so taken by some of the characters and comics I liked, I thought it only right to familiarize myself with something she likes.
And so, for the last few days --
I've been watching "My Little Pony."
As I understand it, the series I'm watching right now is "My Little Pony -- Friendship is Magic." Furthermore, I'm watching the fifth season, so I've got some catching up to do. And I recently ordered, on eBay, a complete DVD set of the 1980s series.
I won't say I'm a brony yet. (Did I spell that right?) But I've watched enough to be amused by one pony in a Doctor Who scarf, and a few other touches. And I am the kind of person who, also back in the 80s, watched every episode of "The Smurfs." So I can't be too embarrassed to follow "My Little Pony."
My favorite so far is Pinkie Pie.
I look forward to engaging in discussions with my grand-niece on the series and the characters.