Saturday, March 5, 2005

Remembering Maris.... Celine, Janice, Ken and Barbie

Maris Stella / Star of the Sea was where I went my kindergarten years. It was a Roman Catholic pre-school run by nuns (Franciscan order I think). I have memories of the Christmas plays and concerts I was involved in. Frosty the snowman and Rudolf the Red nose reindeer.

Most of my playmates then were girls. In fact, they were my neighbour's children. Two girls born almost exactly a year apart: Celine and Janice. Our parents were long time friends and neighbours. Janice was three days my junior yet separated by a year. They went to Maris Stella kindergarten too.

So my after school time and play time was with them. So playing "house" was normal for me. It didn't help that the first toy I remember my mom giving me was a Ken doll from Mattel's Barbie collection. So it seems I developed my "sensitive side" at a young age.

My Uncle Gerry tried to correct this later by buying me Action man type toys and Airfix models and toy soldiers. Boys should have these kind of toys - he said.

Playing "doctor," trying on my mom's dress and beehive. Wondering what it is like to wear high heels. All this was part of growing up with girls for play mates

Growing up with girls as playmates didn't help when it came to going to an all boys Primary School. I ended up in St. Anrew's Junior School. The School of my father and brother.