7/29/10

playing can be so confusing

*this just in: I wrote something new for Mama Manifesto and it's up over there today. It hopefully paints a picture and sends a message and resonates. If not, it's just about my own bouncy brain and crap television. See you there. I mean, if you go over there. Nicely.

And also:


Miles and Asher had a combined birthday party recently. Both sides of the family were there, so people who don't know each other that well from either side were all there. (And yes, it was quite redundant of me to explain that.) Above, you will see Cousin O, to the right, with the squirt gun. And at the far left is Cousin M. Cousin O and Cousin M have rarely been around each other.

Which brings me to this conversation between Cousin M (left) and an adult family member.

Cousin M - Is O a boy or a girl? (see long-haired boy on the right)
Adult - He's a boy.
Cousin M - (skeptically) Are you sure?
Adult - Yes, I'm very sure.
Cousin M - (said like he has a huge secret) Do you think Miles knows that???

The hilarity here is that of course, as a closer family member, Miles does know the sex of his Cousin O. But Cousin M just could not be convinced. He seemed to feel someone needed to tell Miles right away, and therefore, he explained, as the wiser and older of the two- Miles, your Cousin O is a boy, but I still think she's a girl.

To which Miles responded, No, she's not a girl. He's a boy.

Dude. Kids are hilarious.

The End.

{Disclaimer: All parental parties know the details of this story and find it funny. No offense was taken at the assumption of Cousin O's sex. Because it happens all the time. He can be wearing a Spiderman costume and people still assume, because of the long hair, that he is a girl. His parents think it's hilarious.}


This post is a part of You Capture at I Should Be Folding Laundry

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Becca said...

People are funny, and yeah, it's best to laugh about things like that. Like when my (then) 4-year-old cut off all her hair in a fit of baby-scissor empowerment, and ended up with the unfortunate pixie haircut, and even when she was IN A DRESS people would say what a sweet little gentleman he was. Oy. People. Funny. Must laugh.

Mammatalk said...

Boy or girl, the kid's a cutie! Happy b-day! We have a July b-day over here, too!

suzanne @ pretty*swell said...

Love that shot, especially the saturated colors. Such fun! And your story? Can totally relate.

sarah said...

people always asked if my daugher was a boy or a girl. She was Bald until just about her 3rd birthday. But I digress, I dressed her in pink clothes, her ears were pierced, black patent leather shoes, necklaces, bracelets, hair bows - you couldn't get anymore freaking feminine than the way i dressed her (and I hated it but you know you do what you gotta do). Finally I had enough, people would ask "is that a boy or a girl" I would look them straight in the eye and say "well, he's a boy but I wanted a girl so badly...i went with the more feminine style". People would react with shock and horror but the questions finally stopped!

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Bec said...

This one definitely gave me my first laugh of the day :) My mom was constantly confused for a boy as a baby because she was bald- even though my grandma put as much pink and ruffles on her as possible!

♥Georgie♥ said...

LOL...Thank you for the giggle it is much needed today!

Kimberly said...

Too cute!

Kirsten said...

Love the story. It's amazing how quickly kids get the stereotype of girls=long hair and boys=short hair.

Elaine A. said...

I love how they were both confident in their decision of his gender. :0

Boys that can pull off long hair rock. :)

Kathleen@so much to say, so little time said...

That is absolutely hilarious!

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

LOL! Loved it!

Two Normal Moms said...

LOL - Love those cute conversations kids have. And they get so serious about the gender thing. Funny.

Ally

ZDub said...

That's so funny, I think O is rocking that hair.

Lora said...

Too funny! I had an incident this week at my boys' taekwondo class where I told a mom her two girls looked SO much alike,.....except it turns out the older one was a boy! Seriously his hair was in a ponytail and was still down past his shoulders and he looked JUST like his younger sister....ah well. Awkward moments with strangers are not as fun as with family!

Tooje said...

It is funny to watch children get confused on the gender of other children. Except when the questionable child tries to confuse kids purposefully. LOL That girl at daycare with TO was just mean to confuse him and call herself a boy. Heck, I didn't know what she was at first!!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

very funny shot!

Casey Freeland said...

O's a rock star!

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