Boys Will Be Boys
Oh yes boys will be boys…
But you can’t take the girly girl out of Dija! The backyard buddies are playing on the patio. Today it’s sidewalk chalk (chide walk salk according to Aunti Astrid!). Trey has drawn a rather elaborate race track on the cement blocks. Add cars and you have a full dramatic performance. Dija just tried to call a car “Lynda” but Trey let her know it’s not appropriate because it’s a boy car.
The drama begins with Trey lining up his cars to race. Revving engine sounds are heard from the kitchen. Keep in mind the kitchen is right here inside the open back door so it’s not like real loud engines or anything. The next thing I hear as Dija bounces onto the patio from the swing set, “Hi there, you look real sparkly!” (pronounced Spaa – kully). Enter the female car voice. Dija plays the part so well.
I don’t know how she got to be such a girly girl. I let her play with cars and Trey is allowed to play with the dolls in the house… And they do get involved in either type of play. She is even allowed to get dirty. They share a toy kitchen and they are both invited into my kitchen. Dija however is a genuine princess and likes to express herself as such. She lives by her princess rules and enjoys being a girl.
I remember being tortured with tights as a young girl who wore dresses to school every day until I was 12 (or something bizarre like that). Those things are horrible when they start sliding down your legs. How can you be a lady and hitch them up effectively? I still to this day avoid dresses, hose, skirts, or anything that feels like those articles. So why is it that Dija will argue to wear a dress EVERY day?? I’m enjoying the princess idea because it means Dija works at having a sweet spirit. Her rules include appropriate behavior and attitude that a princess should have. I’m not making this stuff up… It’s all Dija. I enjoy it because I don’t need to punish her if she’s acting out. I can simply apply the princess rules and ask her to figure it out. She usually comes around quickly and decides to find her sweetness. I LOVE that part. One day she argued about her outfit and wanted a certain dress. It wasn’t available so she became cranky. I ignored her mood and carried on and as we left the house she announced to me, “I’m not so cranky about my clothes Mommy, I’m happy now.” That pretty much sums up our princess….she’s such a happy girl living her real life fairy tale. In fact she is so happy she will burst into random fits of laughter. In the midst of one of these fits I heard, “someone help me, I can’t stop laughing, I’m just so happy, help, someone get me an X-ray, I can’t stop laughing!”
So back to the backyard… Play continued while we cooked supper. The imaginations having a great time together using different names and voices for the cars as they drove around on the chalk race track. Dija played the girly cars and Trey was pretty much the director of all the action. It’s going to be a fun summer watching the dramatic play in the backyard. I can’t wait to hear what the girl car says next!