March 19 07

my daughter Isabella has eyes for two men.

her daddy. and Diego Marquez. (It’s obviously clear where her tastes lie. dark bushy hair. dark eyes. dark skin)

It used to be all about Dora. It was “I wah Dora” morning, noon and night. and even in the middle of the night when she woke up, it wasn’t “mama!” or “dada!” it was always Dora. she spoke only of Boots and map and backpack. and grumpy old troll. and benny. and isa. and the fiesta trio. we have creepy chuckie-like dancing Dora dolls all over the house. we have a Dora chair. and three Dora dolls, in three different sizes, slept beside Isabella in her crib each night. Dora towels and dora bath toys. dora. dora. dora.

and then something happened.

she fell for those big brown eyes.

and it became the rescue pack over backpack.

and it became click the camera over the map.

and it became baby jaguar over boots.

and it became sammy the sloth over isa the iguana.

and it became linda the llama over tico the squirrel.

and it became the bobo brothers over swiper.

and it became Alicia over all of the Dora’s sidekicks.

and now it’s ONLY about Diego, who she ever-so-cutely calls “Go-Go” she only has one Diego toy…a little little-people-sized Diego plastic figurine. but, i’ll be damned if she doesn’t shlep that thing everywhere she goes.

i fear the Dora toys might make their way down to the basement to spend eternity with all the bear in the big blue house and blue’s clues and wiggles paraphernalia. to the forgotten toy graveyard.


  1. That’s HILARIOUS, Al! What about Tico, though. I was SHOCKED when the monkey pointed to a character I didn’t recognized and said “Ti! Ti!” She has the dolls, the chair, the stickers, the colouring book. She sings “I’m the map,” and “backpack”….But, no Diego! She likes him, but isn’t ga ga over him like Bella is! But, the addiction to Dora is fizzling — she LOVES her Backyardigan dolls like nothing else…and Elmo. 🙂 (Thank goodness — because, ever since you pointed out to me that Dora’s screechy, I can’t stand the show!)

    Long comment much? 😉

    Comment by Haley-O on March 19, 2007
  2. …oh, and of course GROVER…KCH! 😉

    Comment by Haley-O on March 19, 2007
  3. Every day I stop, bow my head, and thank whatever unseen powers that preside over the universe that my child has no particular affinity for Dora. She will watch the show if it is on, and can identify the main character, but she does not ask for her. Instead she asks for Sesame Street, Barney (gah – apparently I have not curried enough favour with said unseen power) or Curious George… none of whom yell uncontrollably in a bad latina accent.

    Comment by SciFi Dad on March 19, 2007
  4. oh thats cute.stinkerbell doesn’t have favourite cartoon characters.she drives me nutty with her dvds of disney movies.and the fave of the week.right now its peter pan because she loves tinkerbell.

    Comment by LAVENDULA on March 19, 2007
  5. My girlhood crush was Speed Racer, so I totally understand.

    Comment by Oh, The Joys on March 19, 2007
  6. I’m in the Diego camp too… he’s cool. 🙂

    Comment by LoriD on March 19, 2007
  7. We’re soooo into Diego in our house. Thank goodness because I’ve got a son, and he kept walking around wanting pink everything and my in-laws would freak. We were always compromising with Dora socks or pj’s.

    Comment by Laural on March 19, 2007
  8. lol cute, neither of mine got into diego like they did dora

    Comment by Anne on March 19, 2007
  9. Diego is HOTT. We all know it, let’s just say it: HOTT.

    Comment by Her Bad Mother on March 19, 2007
  10. Ha ha ha! I have some great stories about Diego and Dora. My son HAD to have the Diego Rescue Center for Christmas. It’s all he asked Santa for. Can you believe it? So it’s not just girls that like Diego…I have a little guy who thinks he IS Diego!

    Comment by Michelle on March 19, 2007
  11. So far, I have successfully kept the bunny away from Dora (for the most part) so she isn’t obsessed. I cannot stand DORA! AHHHH!!!!!

    Comment by Multi-tasking Mommy on March 19, 2007
  12. What a hottie!!! Too cute that she’s fallen for Diego. Personally, I’m over Boots!

    Comment by FENICLE on March 19, 2007
  13. Hate Diego – and Rosie Perez as Click the Camera?? Puke.

    Comment by bella - liz on March 19, 2007
  14. I friggin’ hate Diego with a passion. And I’m all for Latin men. But Hey Zeus!

    SF is mesmerized by that little twerp. And Yes. I bought tickets to go see him when he comes to NYC. Friggin’ Fantastic.

    With her track record for live shows, I should be outta there as soon as he hits the stage though.

    Comment by Janet a.k.a Wonder Mom on March 20, 2007
  15. Diego is our hero! He saves animals. It must be so manly and romantic to my 3 year old because she too is obsessed. “Dora is scary. Swiper is SCARY” she says as she quiver. I’m just happy to have a half hour to myself. Thank you,Cartoons!!

    Comment by manda on March 21, 2007

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