My friend P-girl recently attended her nephew's preschool graduation, which featured a video interview with each of the graduates. Questions included their name, what they liked best about preschool and what they wanted to be when they grew up.
While P-girl's nephew confidently announced he planned to be Spider-Man, she was more disturbed by the female students' vocational choices. Although one little girl declared she'd like to be a "cooker" who "made apple pies," the job of "princess" was the number one pick by a landslide.
How does one go about preparing for a career as a princess, I wonder? Certainly one must be comfortable riding in carriages and be able to perambulate gracefully in glass slippers down sweeping staircases. Ballroom dancing should be in the curriculum, as well as how to transition tulle from day to night and keep an up-do looking immaculate. Can you get a school loan for a Bachelor's in blueblood behavior?
Is anyone going to clue these little girls in to the fact that princess is a job you either have to be born into or gain by marriage? Don't they know that the odds are they are each doomed to be commoners for the rest of their lives?
I don't know if Greenspan's considered this trend, but based on the preschool graduating class of 2005 I predict a royalty bubble in 2021.