What If They Just Stand Around?

One of the girls on Daryl’s Destination Imagination team is having a birthday party this weekend and he is invited. This is a semi-rare event since, as fifth graders, they’ve been conducting mostly single-gender birthday parties for at least a couple of years now.

Despite the rarity of the opportunity, attendance seemed like a no-brainer to us. Her mom is simply amazing and throws great parties, the girl is smart and fun, and Daryl loves hanging out with her slightly younger brother. And the planned activities are right up his alley. This is just proof that we, as parents, have no brains though because he wasn’t sure he wanted to go.

He finally reluctantly told his Dad that he would go. His Dad said, “Good, I think you’ll have a lot of fun.”

“But what if there are only girls there?”

“I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”

“But what if it’s all girls?!”

“I’d be very surprised if her brother wasn’t there. Besides, they are going to be playing Dodge Ball and Capture the Flag. You love that.”

“But what if they just stand around? Girls do that. They just stand around.”

“I really don’t think anyone would pick games for their birthday party that they don’t enjoy playing. It’ll be fine. Seriously. It’s Dodge Ball and Capture the Flag.”

The things our kids get hung up on. I’ll refrain from making any comments about gender roles, conformity, or how our society shapes us in stupid ways. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. But, seriously? It’s Dodge. Ball. And Capture. The. Flag. Get out there and play, kid!

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