“Mama, I miss Rex.”
“I know you do. I’m really sorry we couldn’t keep him.”
“But he was such a good dog!”
“He will eventually be a good dog. But until he turned into a good dog, he was going to be too rough for our family, and we couldn’t get him to listen. Weren’t you a little scared when he knocked you down?”
“Well…I was very brave.”
“Yes, you were very, very brave. But not scared?”
“I was a little scared.”
“Yeah, I thought so.”
“But Mama, he listened to me and Daddy. And not you and Ellie. Because Daddy and me are boys, and you and Ellie are girls, and dogs don’t listen to you. Because you’re girls.”
1) I’m so glad I know the reason now! There are so many times that I think I am speaking out loud – I can hear myself talking, I can put my hand out in front of my mouth and feel air moving – but no adjacent ears are receiving the sound waves. It’s because I’m a girl.
2) My kid is turning into quite the little sexist. This + his recent pronouncement that BOYS ONLY will be invited to his 5th birthday party + his insistence that he not be subjected to “girl things” = a distinct potential for developing into a club-swinging, knuckle-dragging brute. Or he’s just a normal 5-year-old boy going through the gender identification process.
I’d talk to him about it, but unfortunately he CAN’T HEAR ME. *sigh*