The Day I Was a Six Year Old Princess

“I’ll wear this one!” I exclaimed slipping a shiny pink ballerina gown over my head. I loved how it swished and flowed around me.

“I like the blue one,” Marilyn said, stepping into another one of her Granny’s old party dresses.

“I am a countess and I run a horse farm,” she proclaimed.

“I am a princess!” I said just as Marilyn’s dad entered the room.

“Is that what you’re going to be when you grow up?” he laughed.

“Yes,” I squealed and twirled around the room. “I’m gonna be a princess and wear nice clothes. I can be anything!”


For the first challenge of the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Rodeo, Norah Colvin asked us to cast ourselves back to six years of age. Knowing what we do about life now, what would we have wanted to be and how would we have gone about achieving that goal. The 100 word story (no more, no less) can be real or imaginary, serious or light-hearted. As always, go where the prompt leads you.

As you can surmise from my story, at the age of six I really don’t remember if I ever thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up. What I do remember is that my friend Marilyn had an old cardboard box full of her grandmother’s party dresses, shoes and costume jewelry. Occasionally we’d pull it out and play dress-up. We had so much fun prancing around pretending to be a various noble ladies of some kind. We could be anything our imaginations inspired us to be.

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  1. Hi Kate, I apologise it’s taken me so long to get her and read your lovely story and its explanation. What I love about it, is that you can play princesses and still be anything you want to be. I agree with D. Avery on the ability of children to be in the present moment. I wish we allowed them more opportunity to just be rather than hurry them along to be something else. What a beautiful addition to the collection.

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    1. Thank you Norah for your kind words. Teaching our children how to be in the moment would be a good reminder to our adult selves that we need to do that once in awhile as well.

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  2. So love this age of innocence, where anything is possible. Let’s hope all of our young ladies of the future continue to benefit from their mothers and grandmothers lead. May their grandfathers and fathers also encourage and support young girls to follow their dreams. The time is now.

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    1. Absolutely. All we can do as parents and grandparents is support our young ladies and men. Their choices are boundless; the challenge will be in the choosing. Thank you for visiting and stopping to chat. 🙂

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  3. I think it was harder to imagine growing up than it was imagining being, like being in the moment, anything you wanted when five or six. I enjoyed your prompt as it put me in mind of some young relatives I hang out with in the summer, playing and being. The grand-niece, just before leaping off the dock and into the lake for the first solo swim ever, shouting “I’m five and I can do anything!”
    By the way she is one tough princess, complete with boots.

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    1. The children of today are being raised in a world vastly different from the one we grew up in. According to a 2015 nationwide survey published in Forbes, girls don’t all want to be princesses or ballerinas any more. Apparently the girls want to be doctors (#1), followed by teachers, scientists, chef/bakers. And when I look at my four nieces, one is a Doctor, one is a Medical Technician, one is a Teacher and one is an Aerospace Engineer. All strong, confident women. Your tough princess will do well, boots and all. Thanks for dropping in and leaving me your comment.

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