Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Boys vs. Girls, Part ???


Objects my son has used as a gun in the past week:
·        Legos
·        Stuffed animals
·        A stick
·        A wooden spoon
·        A fork
·        A camera
·        Matchbox cars
·        Toy fire engines
·        Playing cards
·        Lego guys
·        Crayons

Objects my daughter has either kissed or talked to in the past week:
·        Legos
·        Stuffed animals
·        A stick
·        A wooden spoon
·        A fork
·        A camera
·        Matchbox cars
·        Toy fire engines
·        Playing cards
·        Lego guys
·        Crayons
 Maybe my children aren’t typical. But given the same exact toys, they play with them very differently. Sit them on the floor and drop a laundry basket on top of their heads and my son will either announce that he’s a bad guy in jail or roar like a lion, while my daughter will merely giggle and announce, “Peekaboo!” Give them a doll in one hand and a truck in the other and my daughter will carefully wedge the doll into the driver’s seat of the truck (after carefully kissing them both and then making them kiss each other, of course), while my son will run the doll over with the truck.

 There are times when they’ll play together with the same toys. They’ll each choose a racecar and make vroom-vroom noises together. They’ll each pick a stuffed animal and march around the room making the appropriate animal noises at each other. They’ll sit in front of the Elmo’s Potty Time video giggling together at the Dirty Diaper Blues song and clapping when Elmo rides his tricycle. They’ll take turns kicking and rolling a ball back and forth. They’ll alternate between hugging each other and chasing each other around the room at top speed while screaming at the top of their lungs.

If they can be so completely different and yet still be so devoted to each other, it gives me hope for the rest of the world.

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