As you may or may not be aware, it is D.W.’s birthday on Monday, May 29th!
Since this blog has proven itself to be pretty much the place I write about the crazy things I love, I figured it was high-time for me to write about my love for the PBS show Arthur – specifically one character, Dora Winifred Read, i.e. D.W.
I first started watching Arthur when I was just 1 year older than that a-a-r-d-v-a-r-k (he’s an aardvark for all of you living under a rock). I am now 22 years older than Arthur. Have I been watching the show religiously for 21 years? Well, no. I’m still rather miffed the children who voiced the main characters in the first few seasons just had to grow up. Michaeal Yarmush, why did you grow up? WHY? Why can’t all animated shows be voiced by adults who can sound like kids, a la the Simpsons?
I digress. Even though I don’t watch the newer episodes as often as the fangirl in me should, I’ve retained my love for the show. Along with my LotR and SpongeBob references, I will often refer to Arthur quotes when I must make conversation with other humanoids. Of course, people get those references even less than my LotR and SpongeBob ones, but that doesn’t stop me, no!
I’ve always resonated with D.W., who is Arthur’s little sister. As a little sister myself, the connection was instant. She understood and was able to personify the real struggle of not being the first-born. We share other things in common – we both have and/or have had an imaginary friend (D.W.’s is Nadine and mine
is was April).
But D.W. is also a really complex character, displaying bouts of jealousy toward her on-again, off-again best friend Emily. I mean, Emily is pretty pretentious, so I would hate-love her French-speaking butt, as well.
What I love most about D.W. is how she manages to always irritate her older brother by just being her awesome self. This has to be my favourite scene/song.
Also, her favourite show is a show called “Mary Moo-Cow,” who just so happens to be a purple-spotted cow!
Now, if Marc Brown wasn’t thinking of me when he created this delightful character, I don’t know.
In addition to these qualities D.W. and I share, what I have always loved is the confidence this 4-year-old little girl possesses. She is a BOSS in every sense of the word, and I have often referred to her (and Richard Simmons) as my inspiration for life. I am not kidding. I would like to grow up to be the kind of woman a 4-year-old fictional character is.
Just follow D.W. on Facebook already, aight? Along with the various cow pages I follow, D.W. is THE source of my joy whenever I inevitably log onto social media despite knowing that I probably should not.
What fictional character(s) do you love/resonate with so much you wish you could be? Or am I the only one? Super heroes do not count, sorry. Be a little bit more creative, please. Thanks.
Have a lovely weekend, all! :)