Today there was an argument…

I am fortunate enough to have both a son and a daughter. They’re both completely different people, but both have amazing¬†personalities.

My son is analytical to a fault. He’s curious about the way things work, no matter if it’s as simple as a popcorn machine or as complex as multi-universe theory. He thrives on information, but only if it’s important to him. If there’s a way to do something, that’s how it has to be done no matter what. There is no gray area, only black and white.

My daughter lives in the gray area. Always thinking outside the box, she can always find a solution to a problem if she’s not too distracted with finding moon fairies in the backyard with a telescope she made from an old can. Information is nice to learn, but it’s better to experience. She doesn’t care how anything works, as long as she can get it to somehow.

Because of their polar-opposite attitudes towards everything, this leads to many arguments and fights. Some of them are benign and work themselves out, while others require that I have to step in in some way. Today was one of those days where I needed to make an impression, and a big one at that.

“Mom, are girls better than boys?” my son asked, eyes wide with anticipation of an answer.

“Of course they are, I just told you that!” my daughter chimed in from behind him.

“No, they aren’t.” I replied.

My son looked relieved, while my daughter looked deflated.

“So, boys are better than girls, then?” my daughter asked, sounding somewhat exasperated.

“No, they aren’t.” I replied.

Both looked at me like I was insane. One of them has to be better than the other, right?

I explained to them that boys and girls are equal. We’re all equal. We’re different, we have different strengths and weaknesses, but we’re all human beings. That makes us all the same.

This is something I wholeheartedly hope my children soak in completely before teendom or adulthood. WE ARE ALL EQUAL. It doesn’t matter what gender, age, or color you are. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean nobody else can do something that you can’t. Some of us are strong, others intelligent. Some people’s strength lies in their heart and some people’s intelligence lies in their experience. Never take for granted what somebody else can do, and never think you’re better than anybody else.

I expect my son to protect his younger sister. I also expect my daughter to protect her older brother. Because they’re family, and they need to protect and love each other.

I think we all need a little love and protection right now in this country, and in this world. We need to protect each other. Because we are human, we are family. And everyone deserves love.


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