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It's a ... Girl? -- Invitation to Write #52

For Writers:

We knew we were having a baby, but at that point, we still didn’t know the gender. Either way, I didn’t think it would matter to me, but curiously, I found myself going to the sports store to buy gear and equipment. I bought footballs and basketballs, and I started thinking about little league. Unconsciously, I was preparing myself for a son.

Soon enough we would learn that we were having a girl, and of course girls play sports, too. But I had to laugh at myself. Although I like to consider myself an “enlightened” male, there was apparently something deep inside me that wanted, or at least expected, to have a son.

It goes without saying that I love having a daughter, and in many respects, it’s quite a relief having a girl rather than a boy. And who knows? Perhaps she will still be on the football or wrestling teams in high school. Considering who her parents are, that outcome is quite more likely than her developing into a Barbie-type cheerleader.

If you were having a child, would you rather have a girl or a boy? Think deeply about your response. You initially might think, as I did, that it doesn’t matter to you, but look for “clues” that suggest that maybe it does matter. So honestly, if you could select the gender of your child, would you?

“Little girls are the nicest things that happen to people.” – Allan Beck

“I am fond of children – except boys” – Lewis Carroll

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