The commander, the laughter and the fighter

I laid down on the bed in my multi-colored room. Four walls, four different colors. Sky blue, raspberry, bright orange and light green. My thirteenth birthday present: a grown-up room.

Image…and yet, not quite. On the orange wall next to the window, I pinned a Powerpuff Girl poster. A Paramore poster is above it, sure, but the real glint of my childhood shines from the Powerpuff Girl one.

I’ve written about them before. I was obsessed as a kid. Powerpuff Girl shoes, backpacks, socks, purses, shirts, movies, pencil cases, pencils to put in the pencil cases, books, dolls… you get the point.

It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized how The Powerpuff Girls really influenced me.

Here’s how the theme song goes:

Blossom, commander and the leader 
Bubbles, she is the joy and the laughter 
Buttercup, she’s the toughest fighter 

I looked at the poster on my wall. All three of the girls floating, their jets of color trailing along behind them. That theme song ran through my head. Along with my epiphany.

I am all three of The Powerpuff Girls.

I’m bossy like Blossom, sweet (and apparently “cute,” some would say) like Bubbles and a tough cookie like Buttercup.

I like to lead, but I also like to laugh and make other people smile. And when necessary, I can be pretty ferocious, especially when I’m fighting for something I believe in.

The Powerpuff Girls –– along with my mother, of course –– taught me how to be the woman I’ve become. I’m not taking their poster down any time soon.

C’mon, let’s face it, who doesn’t love little kindergarten-age girls who kick ass and save the world, all before bedtime? You’re crazy if you don’t.

4 thoughts on “The commander, the laughter and the fighter

  • Naturally, I LOVE the PPG (I grew older with them!)! Of course, I love you, too. I’m proud of the woman you have become and so happy to have had the opportunity to be one of your influencers. “Being a Powerpuff Girl isn’t about getting your way, or having the best stuff, or being popular or powerful. It’s about using your own unique abilities to help people and the world we all live in.” And, you, my dear ARE all three. Rolled into one, neat, tidy, little package!

  • I absolutely love this, and honestly, I can relate. As I read the lyrics to the theme song, I felt like I was nine years old again. I loved them. I had a Powerpuff Girl remote control mobile hanging from the ceiling in my bedroom, a backpack, a shirt that I wore whenever I could, and a Buttercup doll. The Powerpuff Girls were awesome, and as a young woman of twenty-one, I am honestly not embarrassed to say that Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are still awesome…Yes, I said it…There’s something about those nostalgic items from your childhood, and sometimes they end up being an influential part of the person you’ll grow up to be, whether you realize it or not…Sorry, I wrote so much. One of the grand things about my personality that I’ve grown to actually embrace…Anyway, I just wanted to say how much I love your post (as with all of them!), and that I can relate.


    • Thanks, Noelle! It’s just weird how I came to realize what I did. I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving the PPG! Hell, my car is named after one of them! : ) Your comment is appreciated : )

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