Reading Diary: BSC #6 Kristy's Big Day
"I feel like we're in a movie," I said.
"The Bride of Frankenstein?" asked Sam. ". . . I Married a Witch?"
"No!" It's just that . . . well . . . think about it. Mom and Dad get divorced, Mom meets new guy, new guy has two kids, new guy turns out to be millionaire, Mom and new guy get married, we move to mansion. But that doesn't mean it has a happy ending."
"Yeah, stay tuned for Part Two," said Charlie. "I know what you mean. It's hard to believe."
"But," said Sam, turning serious, "we can make it work . . ."
Yeah, because whenever a divorced parent enters into a second marriage, it's always the children's responsibility to make it work. As someone who once sabotaged her mother's wedding just because . . . I'm not buying it.
But I suppose that after the harsh satire of single motherhood Ann M. Martin just gave us in BSC #5: Dawn and the Impossible
The whole Baby-sitters Club does, really. Because there's one thing that five thirteen-year-old girls can do to help pull off a wedding that has to be ready in two weeks . . .
Monday -- five days to go
Stacey, Mary Anne, Dawn and Claudia showed up at my house at eight-thirty sharp. Stacey brought her Kid-Kit, a box of games and toys she sometimes takes on baby-sitting jobs (we all have one); Dawn brought a big book of rhymes, songs, games, and activities for children; Mary Anne brought the club record book and notebook; and Claudia brought the nametags and some art supplies. . . We set to work in the backyard.
Both the bride and groom have family and friends driving in from out of town to help them prepare for the wedding. And they all have children under eleven years old who need looking after while the grown ups hustle. So Kristy gets another Great Idea . . . to start a daycare!
This is why Kristy's Big Day has the highest "body count" of all the BSC books so far: fourteen children, aged ten years to eight months, all gathered in one backyard for five whole days of fun. =P Even four-year-old Andrew, Kristy's stepbrother-to-be, who has been the only one to show some resistance to the wedding, has his game face on. And in another sense, that's no fun.
What I really miss here is the adolescent angst and the way the titular baby-sitter very literally works through her issues, finding growth, insight, redemption or even catharsis through taking care of children. (How startlingly traditional they seem all of a sudden!) What almost makes up for this loss is the make-believe wedding the baby-sitters help the children stage.
It's not quite a wedding-within-a-wedding, but it serves a similar reflective purpose. The stoic groom is Kristy's youngest brother, the flamboyant bride is her soon-to-be stepsister, and their wedding vows are all about getting along as same-age siblings in a single household. It's seriously sweet, and highlights the fact that children of remarrying parents end up making lifetime commitments, too.
Wow. I think this book I was prepared to bash just won me over. =P
Image Source: BSC#6: Kristy's Big Day