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Jane Roper is the author of the memoir Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins and blogger at Her writing has appeared on Babble, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and the upcoming anthology The Push: Birth Stories for the 21st Century. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters.

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There’s Something About…Donkeys?

By Jane Roper |

Is there such a thing as a donkey fetish? Wait – don’t answer that. Googling it now.

Hm. That was….strange. And not nearly as scary as I anticipated. (Go do it later, after you read this post.)

But there is something…randy…about donkeys, right? Or maybe I’m just thinking of the movie Bachelor Party? I remember a donkey being involved.

Anyhoo. Yeah. So. the girls seem to have this special place in their hearts for donkeys.

It’s not a new phenomenon; a couple of Christmases ago, Elsa actually asked for a donkey for Christmas (Clio wanted a frog and a horse) and I got them Schleich figurines of each. Elsa’s also got a horse beanbag doll which she refers to as a donkey.

And NOW, the girls both say they want “plastic bouncy donkeys with spots” for Christmas. I think they’re referring to those Rody inflatable ride-on horses. Which they’re too big for. Not that telling them this dampens their desire in the least. Desire for donkeys is a powerful thing.

And — wait, there’s more! — they want to play Pin the Tail on the Donkey and have a donkey piñata at their birthday this year. Both completely acceptable (and sort of retro charming) birthday party possibilities. But both of which sort of beg the question: what’s the deal with donkeys and party games? Is there some kind of deep-seated psychological association between donkeys and good times? Is it because parties are a socially acceptable time to behave like an ass?

What’s weird about all of this is that it’s not like the girls have ever seen a donkey. Well, actually, once they did, at a farm, and they were totally uninterested. “Look girls!” I told them, “It’s a donkey! You love donkeys!” and they were like “Yeah, whatever. Can we go on the hay ride?”

All of which suggests that the idealized, fantasy version of the donkey is far more appealing than the reality. (Like any good fetish. Right?)

Please tell me (or just bray) if you think I should be concerned.


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Jane Roper is the author of the memoir Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins and blogger at Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters.

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11 thoughts on “There’s Something About…Donkeys?

  1. Lynn says:

    Maybe they got their fondness for donkeys from a movie or a cartoon. Have they ever seen Shrek, Winnie the Pooh, or Pinocchio?

  2. Lynn says:

    Believe it or not, there’s a blog post entitled “Great Movie Elephants and Donkeys”.

  3. Jane Roper says:

    They have seen Shrek and Winnie the Pooh, but both of them long after the Donkey love began. (And, in fact, I’m not sure they realize Eyore is a donkey — or care. They’re much more interested in Pooh and Piglet and Tigger.)
    It’s a mystery!

  4. Patty says:

    Perhaps they’re just born Democrats.

  5. Amanda says:

    Not to encourage Donkey Addiction, but…there’s a “big” Rody, called “Rody Max”

  6. Jane Roper says:

    Oh, man, that Rody Max is pretty sweet. Good thing it costs $120 and I can thereby justify not buying it.

  7. Sarah says:

    My sister-in-law has a donkey obsession as well. A couple of years ago we “adopted” a donkey in her name for Christmas from a donkey sanctuary. Who knew there were so many abused donkeys?? Anyway it comes with a certificate, a letter and picture from the donkey, as well as a stuffed donkey. Might be a fun holiday gift for the girls :)

  8. Jen says:

    Hey, I think they make Rody ponies for bigger kids (in case you’re interested). By the way, this is completely off topic, but this weekend when my family and I were driving somewhere, we were listening to the XM kids radio station, and a song came on (“These are my friends”), and the artist was Alastair Moock! I almost said to my husband, “Hey, I know this guy!” but then I realized that I didn’t really know him, but I just sort of feel like I do from reading your blog. Anyway, the relationship was too difficult to explain, so I didn’t say anything. My son said the song was from “Tangled” though – I don’t know if that’s true? Please tell your husband congratulations – I was very impressed that his song was on the radio and (maybe) in a movie!

  9. Jane Roper says:

    Jen — that’s so cool that you heard Alastair’s song! I’ll let him know. And, alas, it wasn’t in ‘Tangled.’ Man, that would be hitting the jackpot to get a song in a Disney movie. Anybody up there at the mother ship reading this? :-)

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