Monday, June 11, 2007

Snips and Snails...

I don't have too much time to blog these days. The reason? The reason is simple, Carmen is going on a three day trip to the beach with her class. Now, you might say,"So, what's the big deal? Just throw a bathing suit, some shorts and shirts in a bag and you're all set." Those of you who just had this thought, obviously don't have a pre-teen daughter to deal with. I have just spent the better part of the afternoon wrangling with Carmen about which clothes to pack...She wants pretty skirts and cute tops (at least three times as many as she needs), while I say three pairs of shorts, an extra pair in case she falls off the boat, and some cotton t-shirts. She also wants to pack a dress for the dance they'll have at the end of the trip, but I say no way; fewer clothes mean less washing later on. She's also packing her perfume (Perfume, for the beach?!). Carmen is a real girl; I don't know how it happened, but in spite of our efforts she has become a coquettish girly-girl. Now, I'm no tomboy; I wear makeup, and the occasional skirt, but give me a pair of jeans and I'm as happy as pie, unlike my daughter who revels in all things frilly and frou-frou. My husband and I have done nothing to encourage our girls to be girly, but Carmen has had an unhealthy attraction to makeup since the time she could walk, and if she has a choice she'll always choose a skirt over pants. People may say what they will about girls and boys being the same, and that the differences are purely educational, but to them I say,"pooh to you with knobs on". Girls and boys are different from the day they are born; that rhyme about "snips and snails" isn't too far off the mark. I remember taking walks with the girls and their cousins when they were just toddlers and the girls would stop at every flower or cute dog or cat they saw, and say, "pretty". Their cousins, both boys, would stop to look at every car and every construction site we passed, and say "brrrrmmmm". I found a little list that sums up just a few of the differences between boys and girls. Feel free to add your own:
"Equal" is not always synonymous with "the same." Men and women are created equal. But, boys and girls are not born the same.

1. You dress your little girl in her Easter Sunday best, and she'll look just as pretty when you finally make it to church an hour later. You dress a boy in his Easter Sunday best, and he'll somehow find every mud puddle from your home to the church, even if you're driving there.

2. Boys' rooms are usually messy. Girls' rooms are usually messy, except it's a good smelling mess.

3. A baby girl will pick up a stick and look in wonderment at what nature has made. A baby boy will pick up a stick and turn it into a gun.

4. When girls play with dolls, they like to dress them up and play house with them. When boys play with dolls, they like to play football with them.

5. Boys couldn't care less if their hair is unruly. If their bangs got cut a quarter-inch too short, girls would rather lock themselves in their room for two weeks than be seen in public.

6. Baby girls find mommy's makeup and almost instinctively start painting their face. Baby boys find mommy's makeup and almost instinctively start painting the walls.

7. If a girl accidentally burps, she will be embarrassed. If a boy accidentally burps, he will follow it with a dozen fake belches.

8. Girls are attracted to boys, even at an early age. At an early age, boys are attracted to dirt.

9. Most baby girls talk before boys do. Before boys talk, they learn how to make machine-gun noises.

10. Girls will cry if someone dies in a movie. Boys will cry if you turn off the VCR after they've watched the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie three times in a row.

Obviously, not all of these are true all the time, in fact burps and farts just crack my kids up. Vio, who has an angelical face, will burp really loudly, and then just laugh her head off. What can you expect after Penelope Cruz was paid to burp in a Coke commercial? The other day we were getting leaves for the silkworms, and the only mulberry tree in our town just happens to be at the public school. Ro noticed this sign at the entrance and thought it was just hilarious:

It should say "San Pedro" but somebody (boy or girl, I wonder?) scratched the "r" off and now it reads "San Pedo" (pedo is fart in Spanish). Now, I wonder...If you pray to San Pedo, what would you be praying for? Maybe I should pray for my kids to stop thinking farts are funny...Of course that will probably be cured by the time they start dating anyway...That's when we'll really have to start worrying.


  1. growing up, i was SO sure i'd have girls, especially since i have two sisters. needless to say, i used to feel a bit cheated by the fact that i wound up having sons. heh heh. after reading this post, i'm suddenly feeling a whole lot better. Thanks Theresa!

    good luck with the preparations for your daughter's trip. hope it turns out to be a good "experience" for you all! ; ) xox

  2. When I pray to San Pedo, I pray that the meal I just had will not give me a lot of gas. It never works. Stupid San Pedo. Never answers my prayers.

  3. I've been blessed with both genders. 1 boy - 2 girls. You really hit the nail on the head with your list! You're also correct about the belching and air pollution that goes on and how funny they think it is. Now that they're teenagers,I have to choose my battles these days and had to give up the fight on "please, please, please act like a respectable lady". I really hope they grow out of it by the time they start to date, but if not maybe it will prolong the whole dating thing a couple more years.
    (yeah right, boys love that stuff right?)(in fact so do men).

    Carmen sounds a lot like my 15 year old who is very, very girly! My youngest is somewhat more laid back and prefers to wear sporty clothes which is fine by me because she's the more physically developed of the two.
    My son has always been so easy going and I've never had any issues with him. Boys are definitely easier to raise than girls and you don't have to worry about them the way you do daughters!
    Oh I could go on and on about the differences while shopping.

    Well I'm very pleased to share the same boat with you even though the ages of our cherished little chickens are different. :0)

    Are you feeling as sea sick as I am?

  4. Great post, it made me think of my nieces and nephews

  5. Ah yes, the joys of farts and what laughter they can induce in both my daughter and son.

    Although Tali is pretty girly, she likes to be sporty too and loved big trucks when she was a tot. Having said that, picking out an outfit for violin sometimes takes on epic proportion so I don't envy your packing for your daughter's trip. Hope it's a good one - she'll probably come home with half the items clean :)

    You did hit the nail on the head, equal does not mean same.

  6. Neva: My friend, with those good looking sons of yours you shouldn't feel cheated, and maybe someday they will give you some lovely granddaughters. We have clothing issues over here every day of the year, but at least Carmen is finally off on her trip (we compromised on a cute jeans skirt for the dance).

    Dorky Dad: Keep praying, San Pedo is one of the busiest saints around.

    ZOA: No matter how hard people try to change it, boys will be boys, and girls will be girls. Carmen and Vio are both really girly, and at least Ro is a little less interested in the whole thing. But we have to deal with the clothing thing all the time. At least next year the school is getting uniforms for the primary grades -yay! So, at least Ro and Vio won't be able to whine about their clothes. And, yes, I am definitely seasick, even though the seas are still relatively calm...I am not looking forward to the storm.

    Myutopia: I guess kids are the same everywhere...They drive their parents nuts in any country ;) Actually, we've been lucky so far, and the girls behave pretty well.

    G: My kids think farts and burps are just so much fun, they look so sweet and ladylike and then they go and tell some....interesting jokes. I'll keep praying to San Pedo that they'll get tired of it...Yeah, right.

    Ah, girls and clothes, that must be programmed into their genetics. Even when they wear something sporty, the combination has to be just right. And the worse is yet to come :)

  7. "pre teen daughter"

    The only thing worse? A teenager daughter!

  8. They should make cars that run on methane. Then you could put a statue of San Pedo on the dash.

  9. Snay: Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of, and soon I'll have three of them.

    Diesel: You're back! Now that is good idea. And if they found a way to harvest it from cows, maybe the whole global warming problem would be solved. Then, the statue could be San Pedo sitting on the back of a cow.

  10. that's great I'll have to show my son.

  11. rjlight: My kids just laughed their heads off - And my husband did too.