She just lost her little mind.
As soon as she heard him roar, she jumped up from the table and ran over to the television, pointing and yelling and, yes, beating her chest in a most Konglike manner.
Her King Kong love knows no bounds. These days, if you ask her if she's a princess, she says no. You can run down the list of things she might be, and she says no to them all. Finally, ask her what she is, and she'll beat her chest like King Kong and then show with a hand raised high that she is in fact big like Kong, too.
I wrote about her love for King Kong and for dinosaurs and monsters back in November, after the Supreme Court ruled against a group of special needs parents.
Schuyler isn't afraid of her monster, because she has monsters of her own that she believes will fight for her. Long ago, when she was just a baby, she became fascinated with a small toy figure of King Kong that I had on a shelf in our living room back in Connecticut. He's fierce, snarling as he busts loose from his chains, a tiny flinching Fay Wray at his feet to give him scale. Schuyler loves King Kong, and when the trailer for the new film became available, she watched it over and over, her little Kong toy watching beside her. She growled with Kong on the screen, recoiled in mock terror at the snapping jaws of a dinosaur, and clapped triumphantly when Kong went on his terrible rampage. You can judge me if you like, but when the movie comes out, I already have a date lined up. I wouldn't dream of seeing Schuyler's hero on the big screen without her.
Inappropriate? Whatever. I truly believe that Schuyler loves princesses and fairies because she wants to be one, but she also loves dinosaurs and monsters and giant angry gorillas because she wants them to be her friends. She knows enough about this grand rough world to pick her allies carefully and extravagantly. She has an enemy monster living in her head, but in her heart of hearts, she has a giant fierce gorilla that will stand behind her like he stands behind Naomi Watts in the trailer, ready to beat his chest and jump into battle against dinosaurs or arrogant administrators or the Supreme Court if they threaten her.
She's looking for a King Kong to help her fight tiny monsters...
It's not just that Schuyler is fearless, although that's definitely true enough. She knows how to pick her friends.
The movie comes out on DVD on March 28th, and I can only assume we'll be seeing a lot of these commercials between now and then.
It's going to be a long week.