Friday, August 7, 2009
Boys vs. Girls
Well, friends, the summer is almost at a close (sad, sad, sad!) and that means it's my favorite (lie, lie, lie!) time of year - time for back-to-school shopping! I take the kids in groups of 2 for my own sanity. And here is the difference I noticed between back-to-school shopping with boys and back-to-school shopping with girls (using my 4 oldest as examples):
BOYS (aka Coolister, age 16 and All-a-Boy, age 10)
Me: Hey, guys, what do you need to get before school starts?
Coolister: A pair of pants.
All-a-Boy: I don't think I need anything.
Me: You're kidding me, All-a-Boy. You don't even own a pair of pants without holes.
All-a-Boy: I can just wear shorts in the winter.
All-a-Boy: (rolling his eyes) Ok, a pair of pants. But I hate shopping.
(Actual shopping trip includes my choosing pants, shirts and shoes for them to try on & purchase from only 2 stores. If you don't include the time we spent perusing books (love, love, love!), we were finished in less than 2 hours.)
GIRLS (aka ElemenoB, age 14 and Thumbelina, age 13)
Me: Okay, ladies, what do you need to get before school starts?
ElemenoB: At least 2 pair of jeans, some shirts that aren't t-shirts and a belt.
Thumbelina: I need some collared shirts, some tennis shoes for P.E., some cute shoes for school and some church shoes.
ElemenoB: Yeah, if I could find some more cute shoes, that would be nice, too.
Thumbelina: Oh, and some dresses.
Me: You're going to wear church shoes and dresses to school?
Thumbelina: If they're casual and cute, yes.
ElemenoB: I also need some new mascara and some running shorts.
Thumbelina: Yeah, I need P.E. clothes, too.
(Actual shopping trip consists of their choosing items to try on - including numerous t-shirts for ElemenoB (???) - and roughly 3 items each being purchased from a total of 6 stores. Total time invested thus far is 5 hours... and we're not finished yet.)
Boys are no-nonsense, practical and deliberate.
Girls are... not.
But I love having both. (Love, love, love!)