You never know where the Bon Bon Queen may pop up. My polka-dot-wearing alter ego has appeared at country clubs, restaurants, hair salons, banks, corporate offices, and many other unexpected places. But a couple of weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of making a completely different kind of appearance. One of our best-loved customers (let's call her Aunt Monkey) asked me to make a surprise appearance at her six-year-old niece's birthday party - not as myself, not as The Bon Bon Queen, but as the irresistibly charming, French-speaking children's book character Fancy Nancy! There is a bit of a resemblance, don’t you think?
Now Aunt Monkey and I go way back (all the way back to high school marching band!), so there was no way I could resist her unique offer. As if my Bon Bon Queen suit and hat aren't fancy enough, I added long strands of pearls; huge rhinestone rings and earrings; an assortment of fancy brooches; and a hot pink feather boa. I carried the fanciest purse I own and brought two pair of super-fancy glasses. I also added a healthy dose of body glitter all over my face. I arrived at the slumber party with bon bon goody bags for each guest (don't you wish you had an Aunt Monkey?) and a copy of the original Fancy Nancy book.
Upon my arrival, the very courageous adult hosts ushered me into a room full of pajama-clad six-year-old princesses. Words can not do justice to the energy and joy radiating from those adorable kids! They had their sleeping bags laid out all over the living room floor, where they sat (or rather wriggled and giggled) while I read them the story of Fancy Nancy. Of course, their very first question was: "Is that a real cake on your hat?" I let them try on my crazy-fancy glasses; I painted body glitter on their cheeks (so they could be fancy too); and then I read.
In Nancy's world, more is more! She loves everything fancy: lace, ruffles, boas, frills, glitter, feathers, rhinestones, pearls - you name it! Naturally, she is completely enamored with the fanciest language there is: le français. The six-year-olds couldn't believe that I really do speak French! I wished the birthday girl, Reagan, a "Joyeux Anniversaire" and taught them all that the proper response to tasting a bon bon is "Ooh la la!". The delightful book also introduced the girls to lots of "fancy" vocabulary words like stupendous, posh, chauffeur, limousine, parfaits, and fuchsia. As for me, I was thrilled to be introduced to Fancy Nancy. Next time, you're in a bookstore, make your way over to the children's section and spend just five minutes reading one of her stories. I guarantee that she'll bring out your inner princess and inspire you to get "fancy"!