I just wanted to share a little scene I saw yesterday at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. It really plays in well with our discussion about gender and all things girl and boy. We were in the Children’s Garden and there they have a little splash fountain area. It was hot yesterday… over 95 degrees and humid, so it was the perfect oasis! OK, here you go:
MOM (to her two children, boy about 5, girl about 3): OK, Have fun you two!
(Son takes shirt off. Daughter starts to take hers off.)
MOM (to daughter): Oh, no, no, no! You can’t take your shirt off. You have to leave your shirt on.
DAUGHTER (in tears): WHY?
MOM: because… because… boys can take their shirts off and girls can’t.
DAUGHTER (still trying to take shirt off): <Inaudible through tears>
MOM: If you keep trying to take your shirt off, we will have to leave
DAUGHTER: (more tears)
MOM (to son): you don’t need your shirt off, put it back on. It will dry if it gets wet.
SON (whining): I don’t want my shirt to get wet!
MOM: (big sigh)
At this point, DDs decided they wanted to play in the sprinklers with this mama. So, we went.
(Now my little editorial… her son had a pretty intense sunburn and maybe should have a shirt on more often.)
ETA: Now, this mom might have wanted to teach her daughter about modesty, but it really wasn’t the best argument. But as moms, we’ve all been there. Where do you think “Because I said so” comes from?