Thursday, December 03, 2009

Monies, Things, and Costumes: An Exegesis on Gender and Developmental Fiscal Philosophy

Lily: "You know what I want? I want monies. I want lots and lots and lots of monies."

Steve: "Well, you know, that's why daddies go to work. They do a job and they get paid."

me: "That's why mommies go to work, too."

Steve: "Oh, yeah. I guess some mommies work, too."

Lily: "I just want monies. I want them SO BAD. I just want to go to the store and buy monies."

me: "Sounds like you should be a stockbroker."

Steve: "Why don't we brainstorm the kinds of things you can do for money when you grow up?"

Lily: "I want LOTS AND LOTS of monies."

Steve: "By the time you grow up, there will probably be lots of jobs in the financial sector [since, yanno, there aren't any now]"

Lily: [grunt.]

me: "Or you could go into Cardiology. You won't have much of a life, but maybe you won't like people anyway and won't want one."

Lily: [grunt] "Maybe I only need ONE money."

Steve: "You could be an artist. They get money every now and then."

me: "And you DO like to draw all over the walls and furniture."

Lily: [thinks] "No, I can't be an artist."

me: "Why not?"

Lily: "Because only boys can be artists. Girls aren't allowed."

me: [inner feminist rage starts to emerge] "Why? Why can't girls be artists, too?"

Lily: [dons didactic tone] "Because, mommy. Boys... well, they get... *things.* Girls... they get... *costumes.*"

Steve: "That's sort of deep."

me: [think: OMG my inner feminist is going to keel over]


anonybff said...

instructions: lock Lily in a room with "The Feminine Mystique," "The Second Sex," and "The Laugh of the Medusa." Won't matter if she can't read them; they will soak in some how. Then lock Steve in a room with "Approaching Zion." Do not let him out until his face is pale and his eyes are hollowed and glazed. Then move to a trailer in the Oregon rain forest.

Kerry said...

how about a converted school bus? because if you could figure out the plumbing, that'd be AWESOME.

Steve said...

Just add a solar shower and a "honey pot" and the school bus would be all good.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I'm dying. So funny!

Kristin said...

Lily is my child. Can we go ask God for a refund on the mix up?