…Well so much for those “more regular updates” I keep promising! I really don’t know how these serious bloggers do it. Perhaps I need to work on my organisational skills a bit more and rework my schedule? Maybe I just need to get better sleep so I don’t feel so run down all the time.

Anyway, let’s see if we can’t make up for some lost time with a profile of one of my favourite baby ponies, Baby Firefly.

One first thing I want to clear up about Baby Firefly is the issue of her somewhat confusing name. The original “Firefly” was an adult pegasus pony released in the second year of the My Little Pony franchise. A Baby version of this pony was released the following year and was, like all baby ponies that were based on specific adult ponies,  a miniature version of her mother.

The Baby Firefly I am referring to in this post, however, is entirely different. This Baby Firefly was part of a set, the  “Baby Sparkle Ponies”, who are notorious for having the same names as previously released ponies, including other baby ponies.

Confused, never mind. Here, look at the pretty pony!

Ooh…shiny!

I actually had a Baby Firefly when I was little, but was coerced into giving it to a friend of mine when I was in Primary School. It was for this reason that, when my childhood interest in My Little Ponies was rekindled a few years ago, Baby Firefly was one of the very first that I tracked down and bought (and probably paid a bit more than I should have for her in my enthusiasm…oops!).

Like all the Baby Sparkle Ponies, Baby Firefly’s body was semi-transparent and filled with silver glitter. Baby Firefly’s body is a transparent, deep purple and she has a curly, golden mane and tail.

Baby Firefly’s cutie mark is a kite with ribbons tied to its tail surrounded by stars.

More so than any other baby pony I have, Baby Firefly seems to capture the spirit of childhood.  I think kites are perhaps the most magical item a child can play with. There is something almost indescribably wonderful about holding on to something as it flies, about feeling it pull against you. The fact that the kite depicted in Baby Firefly’s cutie mark appears to be flying completely untethered, and the fact that she herself is a pegasus, seems to perfectly express the feeling of complete freedom and innocence that we, as adults, seem to think of as characteristic of childhood (I seem to remember that it never FELT very free at the time, what with grown-ups always telling me what to do and always having to wait so long for every exciting event to come along).

I see Baby Firefly as essentially the “Peter Pan” of  My Little Pony world. She represents that perfect state of childlike wonder and innocence. The desire for adventure and the endless pursuit of, and awe in the face of, new sites and experiences – rolling down a grassy hill, looking at funny shapes in the clouds, collecting insects and watching for bright lights in the skies.

Thinking about this all really makes me want to fly a kite again…I literally can’t remember the last time I did so! Unfortunately it’s a bit too parky here at the moment (ie. COMPLETELY FREEZING!) so that kind of dulls the edge of my enthusiasm to do anything outside. Also I don’t have a kite, which may also be something of an impediment. I did see some lovely kites shaped like insects and animals the last time I went to the Violet Town market, so I may have to stop by there again some day and see if I can find them again.

Are there any items or symbols that you guys think of as characteristic of childhood, either “childhood”, generally, or your own, specifically?

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