For many years, since my own childhood, really, I have had a saying. "Beware the little girl in the pink dress." Where I grew up, it was always the little girl in the pink dress who spoke up in class, who gave the class bully a bloody nose, who was fearless and took life by the horns. They wear little pink dresses while laying cement and doing carpentry and helping their daddies rebuild engines. They grow up into kickass women who wear little pink tee shirts while bloody well doing whatever they want.
I preferred patchwork calico for my own little pink dress, but it was the seventies and kindergartners aren't known for their fashion sense. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
Years later, my best friend had her own little girl in the pink dress, and I remember her sticking up for herself on more than one occasion: "Who are you to tell me what to do? You're not my mommy!"
When we lived in Hawaii, we went to a party where they'd hung a pinata in a tree for the kids. About five kids back in line to take a whack at it was a little girl in a pink ruffled dress, with her hair in pig-tails. I pointed and told the husbeast "There. She's the one. She'll beat the crap outta that pinata." And she did.
I am pleased to report I've got my own little girl in the pink dress.
(I know, I know, she's not supposed to sit that way. I'm working on it.) Today she's 'building'. The hammer? It's from Little Tikes. There is a motion sensor in it, so when you tap it on something, it makes sound effects. It was one of the first toys we ever bought for our little girl, and used to bonk her on the head with it and laugh uproariously at the boinging noises.
Now she's an almost big girl, using it to build a house with her blocks.
One of the main reasons I was thrilled to find out I was having a girl (besides the genetic reasons) was because I knew as a mom it would be easier to relate to a girl, because I'd BEEN a girl. I'm thrilled to report that not only do I have a little girl, I have a little girl in a pink dress.
This I can work with. I'm going to enjoy watching her kick ass.