The curious incident of the pink boots for a boy

One can feel nothing but ridiculous when you realize that the biggest debate you’ve ever had with your spouse about your kids has to do with whether your pre-schooler is allowed to have pink rain boots for Spring.  My oldest loves all things bright and pretty, especially pink.  Given a choice of colours, pink is the answer even if it’s not one of the options.

And so the story goes….  Not wanting to spend a fortune on boots that are only going to last one season, so I went to Walmart in search of some $10 boots. While searching for the right size amongst the $7 boots (yay!), I hear ‘they have pink, I want pink, look mommy there are pink boots’ coming from the cart.  When faced with the unending cascade of ‘why’s’ about why he couldn’t have pink boots, I realized that there wasn’t a good answer.  In the cart they go.

But I don’t understand all things man.  “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”, says my husband, “but he’s going to get teased” .  We discuss.  Long story short: there is nothing wrong with boys in pink;  he’d get laughed at by his teachers at school (they’d try and hide it, but would be snickering or more… we know because they can’t contain the giggles when he dresses himself and shows up in a collared shirt on backwards).  Not worth they hit to the boy’s self esteem at this age to have them laughing. 

So it’s back to Walmart to return the pink boots and off to the fancy shoe boutique to pick up a pair of fancy, bright, boys boots that will likely cost more than mine.


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