Long time readers may remember that a while ago, I posted a link to a You Tube video from Sesame Street. It's from the 70's and it's all about woman power - I'm sure it was originally televised during the height of the feminist revolution. I think it's called "There's Nothing We Women Can't Be" - it's SUPER 70's and all about how women can do/be anything they want to be. So, I watch it with the girls all the time because a. it's cute and b. I am constantly trying to send them that very message - that they CAN be anything they want to be, now and as they get older.
I've never been really sure they're getting the message, Charlotte in particular, because often I'll talk to her about what she might want to be when she grows up. And when I ask her what she thinks she wants to be, she usually says "a kitty cat."
So cut to yesterday, after our trip to the nail salon. We were out running errands for a LONG time and she said, "Mom, I'm hungry." Now, she is NEVER hungry so I asked her what she wanted and she said, "I'm hungry for french fries." I can absolutely get behind being hungry for french fries (can't you?) and so I went through the drive-thru at McDonalds. Not something I recommend as regular practice but every now and again why not. So I ordered her a small fry and as I handed the drive-thru cashier my money, we had the following conversation:
C: "Hey mom, when I get big, can I be that?"
Me: "Can you be what?"
C: "You know, like that lady. The one who takes the money and gives out the french fries. When I get big, can I be that?"
Okay. So on the one hand, I'm super excited that she has the perspective to think forward, to aspire to BE something when she grows up. On the other hand, OF COURSE she has this break through when we're at, you know, the drive thru at McDonalds.
I bet you're wondering what I said, right? Well, this is what I said:
Me: "Sure you can. You can be what ever you want to be, baby." (thinking perhaps I can score free french fries.)
C: *eating french fries* "Good. And maybe I'll also be a guinea pig."