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Monday, July 01, 2013

Why I think Lilo was a five year old

I've long been fascinated by Lilo's character in the 2002 Disney film "Lilo and Stitch".  Her character is such an odd-ball misfit and I kinda felt that way when I was a little girl.  I think one grows up to realize that everyone has felt uncomfortable in their own skin at some point in life and Lilo is just a brilliantly written character who epitimizes this for a child. 

It is hard to pin down her age from just looking at the art so you kinda need to know a child in the age range to fully understand her attitude and quarky sayings.  However, I currently have two five year old girls in my house who have fully convinced me that Lilo is five.

They have a tendency to SHOUT their preferences when they think an adult or older sibling is not understanding them.  Lilo would yell at her older sister when she felt misunderstood. 

At one point in the movie Lilo says "I'm sorry I bit you... and pulled your hair... and punched you in the face...". This reminds me of a recent episode when Charlotte came home from school with a very bad report.  She had punched someone in the tummy that day.  The following day I asked her if she had a good day at school and she said solemnly "yes, it was good, I didn't punch anyone".  How do you keep a straight face after that???

There is the obsession with details.  Lilo says "It's sandwich day. Every Thursday I take Pudge the fish a peanut butter sandwich...".  Our five year olds take their Play Doh colors seriously, debating furiously over which shade of purple is better.  They may not have much distinction for days of the week but their attention to detail is meticulous.

However I'm still waiting for one of them to top this Lilo line "You rotten sister, your butt is crushing me! Why do you act so wierd?".  I've even tried to initiate a like response by pulling my 5yr old into a bear hug when she wants to jump around the house and play but honestly nothing has ever topped this line! 

Ah little Lilo's, we think you are pretty awesome! 

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