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The Time Has Come

Monday, 5 December 2011

Courtesy Microsoft Office

Last Chanukah, Peach received a much-anticipated gift: Baby All Gone. Over the past year, he has cared for her, answered her cry, changed her clothes, and show her much love.

Yet one thing continues to mar this perfect relationship; Baby All Gone continues to call him “Mommy.”

This morning, in a burst of frustration, Peach yelled, “Why can’t you remember that I’m Daddy?!?”

Why, indeed. It’s not her fault, sweet Peach. She was preprogrammed at a time when it still doesn’t occur to companies that boys can, and should, play with dolls.

When asked about it a little while later, he fabricated rationalized it this way:

I did that too, when I was really little. I called Daddy “Mommy” until I growned up a little.

Hey toy companies — you make dolls to reflect different ethnicities. Perhaps it’s time to make dolls to reflect the expecation that our sons will grow up to be gentle, loving fathers.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Monday, 5 December 2011 12:32 pm

    I just love the logic, and the speech patterns, of little people. It’s amazing how hard they work to make sense of their language and their world.

  2. Monday, 5 December 2011 1:42 pm

    Okay, the logic works.
    I want my kids to be involved parents, including my boys. Guess we gotta start making our toys reflect that.

  3. Sunday, 11 December 2011 4:54 pm

    Agree, agree, agree. Being an involved Dad is not something new, and should be reflected in the toys our kids use to mimic what they see in their own homes. Oh well, I guess he is learning that important lesson that kids kind of do whatever they want…

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