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We had a small kettlebells class today, only 5 including the instructor.  She decided to change things up and do stationary circuits with one minute of doing a particular exercise and 15 seconds off.  The sets of swings were okay.  Squat presses?  Not so much.  I won’t even mention the high-low planks.  Good times.  Roll on, Janathon.

Ruby found this show resurrected by our cable company.

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Oh joy.  This particular cartoon became popular long after I stopped watching them.  I’ve (reluctantly) watched a few shows.  We try to screen what the kids watch, get a feel for what’s out there.  Generally, anything on PBS is good – educational, even.  Power Puff Girls appear to be harmless, if a bit frenetic.

The trio of sisters have a test tube history.  Wikipedia has the scoop:

The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken and produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Cartoon Network. The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three girls with superpowers, as well as their “father”, the brainy scientist Professor Utonium, who all live in the fictional city of Townsville, USA. The girls are frequently called upon by the town’s childlike and naive mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers.

As depicted in the opening sequence of each episode, the Powerpuff Girls were created by Professor Utonium in an attempt “to create the perfect little girls” using a mixture of “sugar, spice, and everything nice” (shown in respective fields of baby blue, light green, and pink). However, he accidentally spilled a mysterious substance called “Chemical X” into the mixture, creating, instead of the “perfect little girl”, three girls (each possessing one of the above elements dominating her personality), and granting all three superpowers including flight, super strength, super speed, near invulnerability, x-ray vision, super senses, heat vision, and energy projection.

… They wear dresses that match the colors of their eyes with black stripes, as well as white stockings and black Mary Janes. They do not have secret identities. The closing theme to the cartoon offers a nutshell description of the three Powerpuff Girls’ personalities: Blossom, commander and the leader. Bubbles, she is the joy and the laughter. Buttercup*, ’cause she’s the toughest fighter.

I should also mention they have enormous eyes, no noses, necks and only 4 toes.  But super adorbs!

I guess along the way there are pop culture references and parodies. I imagine those are for the parents, cause kids won’t get anything referring to the Beatles.

What did I learn?

I like how they work together.  I like girls depicted as conquerors, not victims. Their unified superpowers means bad guys like Him and Mojo Jojo don’t stand a chance. They seem to have some of the regular sibling rivalry, couched in “who’s the toughest?” terms.  They don’t tear each other down or resort to cattiness (usually), a fault all too common among the female sex. They celebrate each others’ successes.  And they’re in kindergarten.  Did I mention that?  We could glean a few tips from them.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 – A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

* Ruby’s favorite Powerpuff girl, as well as mine.

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