Darling

 

Have you brushed your teeth darling?
silence
That was a question. Questions like answers.
silence, with the occasional click of Lego
I would like to know if you’ve brushed your teeth.
silence, with the occasional click of Lego and the emergence of a structure
Darling, do I need to go get your tooth brush for you or have you already brushed your teeth?
silence, with the occasional click of Lego and the emergence of a structure that is amazingly complicated
Darling?
silence, with the occasional click of Lego and the emergence of a structure that is amazingly complicated and why on Earth do I even bother talking when all that is going on in his head and nothing I say is ever going to get through to him
Darling, can I have a cuddle?
silence as two small arms engulf me

 

© Kristin Martin

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem