In case you were wondering, yes, we did buy more Hello, Kitty cards.
Hello, Kitty Michigan looks like Rosie the Riveter. And yes, Hello, Kitty Nevada is a showgirl. Or possibly a peacock, as Dorothy guessed.
Let’s say, hypothetically, speaking, that you have had a relatively successful day out with your three daughters. They petted the bunny gently at the greenhouse, nobody cried when you said there wasn’t time to see the chickens, they played well with others at the indoor playgym while you drank a latte, they chose a fantastic Father’s Day gift for their dad, and now you find yourself in the collectible card aisle, trying to figure out if it matters if you buy your nephew series 1 or series 2Topps baseball cards for his birthday. If your well-behaved daughters appeared at your side clutching $1.99 packages of Hello, Kitty collectible cards, you might find yourself saying “Sure, why not?”
And then you would find yourself at home with these gems:
Each card has a sticker of the state flower and Hello, Kitty dressed in some kind of representative costume. The back of the card has some state trivia: the name of the flower, and then some history, geography, or culture facts.
And each package has a teensy tiny Hello, Kitty figure:
Lucy just wanted to stick the flower stickers on her face. But Dorothy was completely fascinated by the costumes.And because she’s just 5, she has no frame of reference for any of the historical or cultural references. Which meant every card was a lengthy conversation about why exactly Hello, Kitty was wearing that outfit, and whether or not D would, herself, want to wear those clothes.
“Why is she wearing that hat?”
“What’s a pilgrim?”
“Why didn’t they like the rules? What were the rules?”
“Were those all the rules for kids?”
“So there are rules for grown ups too?!?!”
“I like her hat.”
Most of the costumes/props are straightforward, like the Nebraska pitchfork, though I was surprised to see Hello, Kitty in both women’s and men’s clothing.
The highlight, though, is Hello, Kitty’s visit to New Jersey:
Pinstripes, fedora, popcorn on the boardwalk. You know, in case you hadn’t had enough fun discussing pilgrims, pioneers, coonskin caps, Davy Crocket, and beavers.
I suppose it’s better than a Snooki or J WOWW costume? Although I feel like Hello, Kitty could give Sammi a run for her money as the “sweetest bitch you’ll ever meet.”
Also: MOM I LOVE THESE HELLO, KITTY CARDS CAN WE PLEASE GET MORE AT THE STORE BECAUSE I WANT TO HAVE THEM ALL!