Growing up, on a daily basis my immediate family consisted of my mother and sister. My sister and I did everything together, and girl time was not just a treat, it was a given. I think about the relationship that I’ve had with both of them and how being raised by and around women on an almost sole basis shaped who I am today. I am emotional, empathetic, nurturing, and compassionate, just like my mom and my sister are.
With two brothers Zoe and Evangeline have much more gender balance in their lives than I did as a child, and it will be so interesting to me to see how they evolve into their own people having had those male counterparts to grow up with. I love raising them together with their brothers and watching them share toys… Beau even learned to ride a two wheeler on his sister’s pink, flowery bike and happily considers it his own. I couldn’t be more thrilled that he doesn’t refer to colors as exclusionary, at least for the time being, despite his 7 year old brother’s prodding that “pink is girly”. It’s cool that Zoe will go from picking out 16 different dolls from her favorite catalog to running out the door to shoot hoops with her brother in the same 5 minute stretch.
When I planned to celebrate Zoe and my sister Brianna’s birthday at my mom’s house with our Hello Kitty supplies from Target, I didn’t realize that I was more excited to also celebrate our bond as the girls in our family, too. It was so much fun to decorate in pink, adorn ourselves in “girly” Hello Kitty bracelets & tattoos and nosh on the prettiest pink sprinkle cookies. We made mummy hot dogs for dinner and played in the back yard as we do every Sunday at my mother’s house, but this was a special treat for all of us to decorate in pink.
Beau, as usual, wasn’t daunted by the feminine Hello Kitty supplies (Jack and daddy spent most of the time watching the baseball playoff game) and joined in with our festivities with gusto. If I could guess, he will be the more well rounded of my boys despite his affinity for all things athletic and messy.
It was sweet and special to have Evangeline there to celebrate Zoe and Brianna’s September birthdays though, halls decked in pink, with myself and my mom as well. I love having a perfectly mixed family of genders, but this feminine connection is something that will always be special to me.
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