Shortly after we moved to England, SugarPlum (three years old at the time) became good friends with a little girl named Gaby. Fortunately for me, the day the Gaby & SugarPlum met, I met Gaby's mommy. The two girls became fast friends (as did their mommies!). As alike as they were, they also had distinct, yet complimentary differences.
Gaby was a princess. For most of her fourth year of life, she wore a crown. Her mommy was very cool about this. This little girl wore a crown to church, to the supermarket, to the doctor's office, every. where. she. went. Sometimes, she had to be coaxed out of her crown to go to bed. Occasionally she did wear it to bed. If she had been allowed, she would have also worn one of her many princess dresses. Her favorite movies were The Little Mermaid and Cinderella.
SugarPlum was not into the princess thing at all. She was more of an animal lover. Especially kittens and puppies. I was not as cool as Gaby's mommy & seldom let the kitty cat ears leave the house. Her favorite movies were Aristocats and Lady & the Tramp. The princess movies scared the crap out of her & we never watched them.
We often wondered what made them such good friends, then we realized that then neither of them had to "share" their roles. Their favorite game was "Princess & the Kitty Cat," which consisted of them dressing up in their respective costumes and then playing outside.
One day in the car, SugarPlum told us the when she grows up she wanted to be a "kitty cat vet." Not a vet who works exclusively on cats. (Silly!) A Kitty Cat who is a vet. Then we asked Gaby what she wanted to be when she grows up. Predictably, she told us she was going to be a Princess. I then asked her what she would be if she couldn't be a princess.
Without missing a beat, she replied, "Princess of another country!"