I’m a women’s libber. So when we had daughters, I was excited. No oppressive gender-based limitations for them! Their room would have kelly-green carpet — not pink, not blue. Their clothes would be adorable, but unisex except for Easter dresses and so forth.

And toys! They would have a good supply of toys traditionally associated with boys. We made sure they had lots of Matchbox cars and trucks, a toy garage, a racetrack, the whole nine yards.

Then one day, I overheard the two girls playing with their cars:

“Hi! How are you?”

“I’m fine! What’s your name?”


“Hi, Car-y! Let’s play together!”


To my surprise and amusement, they were playing with cars, all right — but they were using the cars as DOLLS! They had them standing up on end and walking to and fro.

True to their gender, they were more about the relationships than the vroom, vroom, vroom.

You can’t fool Mother Nature when it comes to biology. X chromosomes will out. So will Y’s.

It was just another lesson that girls will be girls, boys will be boys . . . and parents who either try to mix them up, or let the children confuse them on their own, are steering them toward a dead end.

By Susan Darst Williams | www.TheDailySusan.com | Heart Lessons | © 2017