This being Breast Cancer Awareness month – and breast cancer being a global issue — I wasn’t surprised to see my favorite, super-duper mega-market, La Comer (formerly La Mega), where I do my weekly grocery shopping every Monday here in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, filled with pink signs featuring pink ribbons in a campaign to help raise awareness.
I was a little surprised, however, to see that the pinkest section, with the biggest signs and ribbons, was in the aisle where household cleaning items are sold. The feminist in me reared up.
But how, I reasoned, can one find fault with a good company’s good-will efforts to support such a worthy cause – “a la lucha contra el cancer de mama” (in the fight against breast cancer), as one sign read? So instead of grumbling at the sexist inference (that only women should do house-cleaning, and to make these tasks more appealing to them they could buy pink buckets, pink sponges, and pink mops), I decided to go rogue, be creative, have fun — make a puppet.
There’s something about puppet-making that gives me pure joy. As WOW readers know, I use my homemade puppets to teach English to the little niños at the charming after-school school, Aprendizaje del Ingles, where I volunteer on Wednesday afternoons.
This new puppet will make her debut this coming week. Her name, of course, is Pink. And (you guessed it) she’s a singer (not a cleaning woman). She thinks she’s beautiful and talented. Here is her headshot:
She and I are open to suggestions from WOW readers on fun songs she might sing to the kids to help them learn more basic words and concepts in English. Please share with us your ideas!
24 thoughts on “PINK”
I do believe your puppet-making is an inspiration to many!!! I have some supplies to offer you… please e-mail me a snail-mail address to ship them!
Oh Bonnie! Your essay is great…..no…I would not be inspired to scrub my floor even with a pink mop. Your idea is fabulous….I love Ms Pink. She is joining a fabulous puppet-family of other great characters.
Thank you so much, Carol dear. I will send you my mailing address! — xx
Gracias, querida Pamela! Pink plans to have a long and successful singing career. 😉
What a delightful use of your creativity, Bonnie! Would a tune like “Row Row Row Your Boat” lend itself to a Pink song? New lyrics, easy melody?
Oh, Marge, what a GREAT suggestion! I’ve just put it at the top of the list! (It’s a song that can be sung in the round, too, which the kids will love.) Mucho love to you. — xx
“it ain’t easy being pink”?
Hmmm… I’ll have to ask Pink! — xx
Bonnie you are a hoot! I think I need a pink mop!
Well, head on out to La Comer (Mega), Kate, they’re going fast! 🙂
Rise Up – great song!!
I’m not familiar with this song, Judy dear. But I’ll Google it! I’ve added it to my ever-growing list. — xx
fantastic. I know I know re the super pink cleaning supplies, but I still appreciate their support and publicizing…. Ole Srta Pink
Yes, Paula, I appreciate La Comer’s efforts, too. It’s a terrific store — so BIG, and CLEAN, and well-run. We’re so lucky to have it in SMA.
Ingenious! (As always). I would suspect there’s less light pollution in SMA. You could add “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to her repertoire.
I LOVE it, Kathy! She’ll definitely sing this one. — xx
Love this, Bonnie! How about the Disney version of When You Wish Upon a Star?
Thanks, Barb! It’s now on the song list. Since Pink is a star, this would be perfect for her! — xx
Anything from the “Free to be” songbook (Housework–better if you do it together).
Thanks so much, Cathy! I’ve made a note of it and will follow through. My best to you, BB
So talented, and I enjoy seeing what you are doing.
Thank you, Susie! Pink is looking forward to her debut tomorrow afternoon! 🙂
If you can’t beat them, join them… Or beat them by joining them? Not sure what you did there, Bonnie. But I like it!
Thanks, Michael! I’m not sure what my strategy was either. But it was fun! 🙂