Yesterday afternoon we had a party for Precious’s 5th birthday. It’s hard to believe that she’s 5, but the calendar doesn’t lie.
I just wanted to quickly get on and tell you about the party favours we gave to the attendees. I had originally expected to have quite a few little girls, so I asked my mother-in-law to make little pink aprons for each of the girls. I thought that would be a neat gift for each of the girls to take home.
But then Precious started talking about the boys that she wanted to invite and I knew that pink aprons just wouldn’t work out. So the night before the party my MIL made little work aprons for the boys. Imagine a tool belt made out of cloth.
As we were handing them out, I told the parents that we were doing a lot of gender stereotyping, with the pink aprons and the work aprons for the boys. One of the dads that was there said “I don’t mind, I want my boy to be a boy!”
So I’m glad that in this day of equality for all and all the messed up philosophy that goes with it, it’s still okay for a little girl to want to wear an apron and work in the kitchen and for a boy to do handyman things with his dad. (More on that later - Little Boy likes to climb ladders with Granddad!)