Sunday, December 7, 2008

This is the end. . .of the innocence

Probably not a surprise to most of you, I'm not a fan of gendered stereotypes. As a six year old (or so) my favorite, I-must-have-this-my-daddy-tracked-down-the-last-one-anywhere Christmas gift was a Jeep. A Jeep that came with a tire-changing kit (it had a jack and a spare) and an extra gas can. Anyway, despite one or two ruffled dresses & a penchant for stealing my teenage sister's makeup, I leaned toward "boy" toys.

As mentioned in a previous post, I expected Cami would follow in my hiking-bootsteps on this one. Boy, was I wrong. But, I'm ok with that. Everything balances out: Graham wanted his toes painted every time Cami had her nails done. And I obliged them both. I'm in the "I don't do gender stereotypes, but I won't condemn them either" camp which is why Cami got a "Princess Handbook" for her birthday.

But the thing that I just couldn't do while Cami explores her femininity is buy her a Barbie. She could play with them at other people's homes. Yet I knew that one day a birthday or Christmas would bring the plastic bombshell to our house. And today, the inevitable happened. . . now I'm just waiting for Graham to want one.

10 comments:

celine said...

Rutger had a sweet pair of purple pumps/high heels before Ryland even knew what they were. Can't wait to hear if Graham is going to go for Barbie!

emily said...

Jeff played with barbies more than I ever have in my life...he turned out okay. I personally preferred beating up neighborhood boys to playing with dolls.

Thanks for your comment...it made me smile...exactly what I needed to get going today!!

Tricia said...

You could do what I did--I got Courtney John Deere Barbie.

Marie said...

I loved Barbie when I was a girl, and I still do. Mind you back then GIJoe was the size of a Ken doll and my sister and I were always stealing him from my brother to use as a boyfriend for our Barbies, not to mention his jeep! Much better than a Barbie car I'd have to say!

Sarah said...

Wow, your spare tire and jack comment brought back memories. How many tires did we change while we were companions? I remember there being several within a week or two...

joycie said...

Hi Starr,
Bailey plays with baby dolls even had a stroller, I commended him for being a "good daddy". Also this past summer Bailey sat in a few pedicure chairs and had his toes done, while Courtney and I were getting ours done. He loved it!!!! However his dad wasn't fond of the neon green toenail polish he wore with his spider man flip flops.

Marie said...

Thanks so much for your comment on my last post Star. I most definitely can adapt that painting of the bride and groom for a card. E-mail me. :-)

Maegan said...

I don't have a fun memory to mention, but just wanted to say that I love this post!

Jen said...

You know- my mom did't allow Barbies at our house and I remember thinking it was some kind of a sin when my friends pulled out their Ken and Barbie collection! But I always did love to dress up my little brother!

LYN said...

hi!! I came over here from Maries blog..I am a Brit living in Florida!!