My daughter was playing at her uncle Brooks' baseball game last week. And a mother of one of the tween boys on his team came up to her and told her promptly how adorable she is how KEE--UUWWWWT! (translation: cute) she is--- which is pretty common in babyhood/toddlerhood parenting that some stranger becomes smitten and expresses their love for your child's ________ (eyes, dimples, shoes, hair, lack of hair etc). So I was prepared for the exchange, thinking it was another run-of-the-mill compliment But then she says to my daughter...."it's too bad you are a girl. Girls are devils." and then from my lack of response she must have gathered that I was not thrilled with this statement so in her infinite wisdom she repeated herself, as if it would be twice as true if repeated. "Girls are devils."
|my so-called "devil"|
But this time I couldn't just sit by because what made me the most angry was that she addressed this comment TO my daughter.
So I bent down to my toddler while weirdo-stranger was still within earshot and with my years of perfected stage diction told my daughter "there is nothing wrong with being a girl, nothing at all". Then I kissed her on the forehead and let her continue to play in the dirt.
|I am a child not a cliche|
|my mama means business|
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