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Foot in mouth...


Yesterday at the garden store, Julien was carrying Soëlie on his shoulders--Soëlie who was wearing a pink* turtleneck, with pink-striped tennis shoes and pink-striped socks--and a lady said to us:

Lady:  Aw, baby boys are so cute, aren't they? 
J and I exchanged looks and agreed that indeed they are.
Lady: Sadly I only had one boy.  Girls can be cute, too, but then they grow up and become brats.

Didn't we have a good laugh in the car...
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Keeping on with the foot theme...

If ever you are, say, wearing flip-flops and happen to be standing next to the car tires, snapping your baby into her carseat when your husband (or significant other) thinks you are already IN the car and proceeds to drive away, do not--I repeat do NOT--try to jerk your foot out of the way.  Just let the car roll over your toes before you scream or try to move clear.  Jerking the foot away results in a double ouchie as the skin on your toes and your toenails are scraped against the tread.  

Miquela, getting hurt so you don't have to...

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About as agreeable as a mouth full of sand...

After two water-n-vinegar baths, two afternoons of sitting out in the sunshine, and an entire spray bottle of odor "destroyer" from the local pet store,  the couch STILL reeks of cat urine.  :-< 
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*No, I'm not saying boys can't and don't wear pink, but this lady was not being open-minded; she was making a silly assumption that lead to her putting her foot in her mouth, even if she didn't realize it.

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frigg
Oct. 7th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
If it's any comfort I was called a "handsome boy" when I was around 10 years old, despite having waist long hair and not exactly being the most masculine kid in the world. :p

And ouch with the foot! Are you okay?
mnfaure
Oct. 7th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
*lol*

That must be the sickpea age for confounding others with our gender. For a whole week, a guy at the County Fair called me "son" every time I went by to play with the computerized sewing machines at his booth. Finally one of his feminine colleagues overheard him and corrected him. :P In his defense, my hair was pretty short and I wore a baseball cap some days.

And yeah, my foot is all right. Just the second toe that is a bit sore...
clarentine
Oct. 7th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
this lady was not being open-minded; she was making a silly assumption that lead to her putting her foot in her mouth, even if she didn't realize it.

Sounds to me like she was continuing a conversation with herself, and didn't realize she'd actually interacted with real human beings outside her head. *g*

Beautiful photos, as always!
mnfaure
Oct. 7th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
*lol* Actually, she did seem the sort that fits that description.

Beautiful photos, as always!

Thank you. :D
sunflower_sky
Oct. 7th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
I cannot tell you how many times Raviv and particularly Hallel have been mistaken for girls. Even when they are covered head to toe in blue footballs, firetrucks and trains.

Admittedly, they are both gorgeous in the traditionally feminine ways. Both of them have beautiful hair, Hallel's falling past his shoulders and curling at the ends like a Victorian portrait (traditionally we wait until age 3 to cut a boy's hair), and Raviv's twisting into adorable blond curls all over his head. Both have stunning eyes and long, luscious lashes, too... <3

And I am of course completely objective!

~D
mnfaure
Oct. 7th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
Even when they are covered head to toe in blue footballs, firetrucks and trains.

Yeah, same happened to S while wearing a dress; and again, when wearing a dress AND a flowered headband, a lady asked me if S was a boy or a girl. I think it is the not paying attention that is annoying. :P

Regarding objectivity: I don't think anyone demands it from a mother. :D

Your description reminds me of a photo I've seen of J's father. I wish I had a copy of it. In it, he has wavy hair well past his shoulders and is wearing a "gown." I think he is around 5.

I think it may be because the word "baby" is masculine in French, but people tend to assume more towards boy here rather than girl.
kmkibble75
Oct. 7th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
She may well be teh most beautifully photographed kid ever...
mnfaure
Oct. 8th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
You are too sweet. :D
asakiyume
Oct. 7th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
A car rolled over your foot?! Yikes and double yikes! That'--that's terrible.

And too bad about the couch. Ughhh.

Soëllie actually doesn't seem to be minding the mouthful of sand.

Regarding that woman, I do wonder why people don't just praise babies in a gender-neutral way. The fact is ... you really can't tell a baby's sex by looking at its face. That's why people do things to point out the sex (like colors)--even though that, too, can be maddening if you want to be free to dress your girl in bold primaries and your boy in pastels now and then.

The remark about girls growing up to be brats too--whoa! Insight much into her situation?! Yikes. Funny how much a person can reveal in just one sentence.
mnfaure
Oct. 8th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
A car rolled over your foot?! Yikes and double yikes! That'--that's terrible.

I thought Julien was playing the ol' "ha ha, you aren't in the car yet; I'm going to leave you" trick. But no. He seriously thought I was already in (I was riding in the back, next to Soëlie).

Soëllie actually doesn't seem to be minding the mouthful of sand.

She didn't mind at all! In fact, she kept leaning over and gobbing up a mouthful before I could stop her. :P

Regarding that woman, I do wonder why people don't just praise babies in a gender-neutral way. The fact is ... you really can't tell a baby's sex by looking at its face.

Precisely. I never get offended if people say S is a boy because, really, it is sooooo hard to tell on a baby. But, yeah, the brat comment...ouch. Very revealing.
pjthompson
Oct. 7th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
OW. I hope your foot wasn't too severely damaged! =:0

And the sexism in that woman's many remarks show she's a very silly woman altogether.
mnfaure
Oct. 8th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
The foot is better now, only a teensy tiny tad of tenderness in the second toe.

And that is precisely my opinion of that woman. :P
cathemery
Oct. 7th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
ow! sympathies. I trust there will be no repetition of the leaving-before-all-passengers-really-are-in-the-car thing.

Scraping on the tread might be better than crushed toes, though, mightn't it?

It's tough with kids these days; everyone expects you to use the correct gender pronoun but they object to tattooing "BOY" or "GIRL" on the forehead. .. . kidding, of course. It's funny to realize what cues we use for deciding, and how much they vary by culture and time period.

Color isn't nearly as reliable around here as it used to be, though you're safer calling a child in pink or possibly purple a girl than just about anything else. Any other color is risky either way.

I remember reading that pink and blue used to be used the other way around and being highly amused.
mnfaure
Oct. 8th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
I, too, trust that there will be no repetition. If not, I'll be the one driving from now on! :P

As for "crushed" toes, I've had my foot run over before (albeit with shoes on that time), and as long as the car goes over and doesn't stop, it doesn't hurt that bad. Hence why I said not to scream; a scream might make the driver hit the brakes. :-S

Yeah, I agree that going by color is iffy. But if I had a doubt, even after looking at how the baby was dressed, I would ask or say something gender-neutral before declaring myself one way or the other.

I read that too about the colors and the fact that boys' clothes was embroidered with flowers...
cathemery
Oct. 8th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
It is hard to believe, but I will trust you about the toes getting run over. I think we should still try to avoid it, just in case. The screaming part -- I don't know if I manage that. It turns out I'm one of those people who often shriek when startled. Very disturbing to discover.

:)

As the others said, lovely photos. Darling little foot.
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