Tuesday, November 22, 2011
(Figure that title will get me a hit or two....)
Last week, my daughter-out-law was bathing her three-year-old daughter.
"When I grow up," said Harper, "I'm going to be a boy, like Phinn."
"No, you're not," said Mom. "You're a girl."
Harper considered this.
"Phinn has a penis," she announced. (According to my daughter, this is a favorite topic of conversation at their house.)
"Yes, he does," agreed Mom.
"And I have a vagina."
"But when I get big, I'm going to have a penis, like Phinn's."
(Somewhere, Sigmund Freud is rubbing his hands together in glee.)
"No," said Mom. "You're a girl. Boys have penises and girls have vaginas. You'll always have a vagina."
Harper was outraged.
"I will not! It will grow!"
You see, Harper's best friend at pre-school is a little boy named Vince. And when Vince plays with the other little boys, they have a rule: "No girls."
It kind of reminds me of that episode from the Little Rascals where the boys formed the He-Man Woman Haters' Club.
Except I don't remember Darla threatening to grow a penis....