For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.
P is for Pirates
What is our fascination with pirates? Kids love pirates, for sure. Pirate play sets, books, and costumes never go out of style. For my oldest son’s fourth birthday a decade ago, I hosted a pirate party in our back yard in which the kids dug for buried treasure, crafted parrots to perch on their shoulders, played Pin the X on the Treasure Map, and pummeled a papier-mâché pirate piñata. (Ask me if I had the will to host anything so elaborate for any of the children that followed. The answer is no.)
In Rightfully Ours, Rachel’s younger brother, James, loves to play pirates. He’s found placing X’s in undesirable places, walking makeshift planks, and brandishing a play sword. Of course, a real pirate, more or less, turns up later in the story, intent on thievery.
What do you think is the romanticized historical pirates’ appeal, despite their criminal history?