Nailpolish is for girls!
D. found my nailpolish and asked if he could put some on. What fun for a child! So I said yes, but not now, because it was time for bed. "Can Joshua come to our house and play with the nailpolish with me?" he asked. Joshua is a little boy in his class. "Sure, if it's ok with Joshua's parents," I said.
Actually I would have loved for that to happen. I would have loved to see how another little boy would relate to that activity. And I would have loved to see my boy play a traditionally feminine activity- with another boy. I would have also like to see how Joshua's parents would react. But it never happened, because it took a few days to arrange Joshua's visit and by that time D. had forgotten. They played with other toys.
But yesterday he found it again. And I let him put it on. And wear it to school Friday morning.
When we got to school, there were 2 little girls in flouncy dresses drawing pictures at the table. D. moved to join them, when one of the little girls challenged him "Nailpolish is for girl! Why are you wearing nailpolish?"
"Because he feels like it!" Said the teacher. The teachers response was accepted, D. joined the little girls drawing pictures, and I went on my merry way. When I picked him up, I held myself back from asking about it. I'm not going to make a bigger deal out of it than they.