It must be a feeling shared by most modern parents of small boys. “Power Rangers – why? how? Huh?”
I’m sorry, Jacob and Max and all your fellow Power Rangers fans, but how can you enjoy this programme. It’s such utter rubbish. I understand that kids can’t tell the difference between an actor and some amateur who can barely read the words on the script, and are as convinced by a couple of old cut-up cornflakes boxes stuck to a toilet roll with sellotape as the latest state-of-the-art CGI when it comes to special effects, and Power Rangers is very much guilty in both these areas, but this doesn’t explain the appeal. It’s not funny, it’s not clever, the stories are stupid, and every episode looks exactly the same, whether it was made 15 years ago, or from the latest series, which I wish I didn’t know is called Jungle Fury.
But the kids love it, to the extent that every time we go near a toy shop, they automatically rush to the Power Rangers section. They know all the characters’ names, and every time they play, they fight over which one gets to be the Red Ranger. And horror of horrors, they’ve demanded a Power Rangers birthday party this year. (Their birthdays are just over two weeks apart, and now with the knowledge that we’re going to have to celebrate 4 birthdays every year, the boys will just have to accept the fact that they’re never going to have separate parties until they’re old enough to organise them themselves.)
Which brings me on to the main point of this post, which is the gender of children. We’re obviously very curious about the gender of the twins, and we have mixed feelings about all the possible alternatives. The last 7 Hirschkorns to be born – from my dad in 1949 to my nephew Louis in 2007 – have all been male. So it would be natural to assume that the twins are both boys. If they are, it would probably be the easiest as we know how to handle boys and they’d slot right in. But Ursula’s always wanted a daughter so in a way it would be a shame.
However if either one or both of them are girls, we’ll have to rewrite the whole script. I wouldn’t even know where to start with a daughter, and I think Ursula’s so used to having sons now that she would feel much the same. If it’s a boy and girl, will the girl feel totally left out in such a male dominated family? Or will she be so spoiled and fussed over for being the only girl that her twin brother will feel neglected? If it’s two girls, I guess it would balance out the family, but the concept of twin girls scares me the most.
I can’t imagine that girls will have any interest in Power Rangers, thank God, but on the other hand, what do girls like? Fifi and the Flowertots? Bratz? My Little Pony? Is it incredibly stereotypical of me to assume that girls would like “girly” things? And would I really be any happier if they did? The most experience I have of girly toys is of playing with my cousins’ dolls 25 years ago. How does a man go toy-shopping for a little girl?
At least the boys are easy to buy presents for. Maybe the Power Rangers aren’t so bad after all.