This weekend, I was a bit crabby and a little annoyed - so I left the house with Maggie. I needed to get a pedicure, and I figured she could sit on my lap and watch. She ended up being VERY interested and we painted her fingernails and toes purple and she thought it was MARVELOUS.
My mom never did these things with me. I actually don't think my mom has ever gotten a manicure or pedicure in her life. We were always tight with money, so I'm sure that had something to do with it, but she is also just not that kind of woman. She shops at LL Bean and Land's End and for something special, maybe Talbot's. She isn't a frilly, fingernail painting kind of woman. I'm not really either, but I do love keeping my toenails pretty, and it does give me a smile when Maggie plays dress up or spins with a twirly dress.
So when everyone was telling me a was crazy for 'starting her so early' on the fingernail thing, I just shrugged my shoulders. It's fine. It's fun. And we like fun! Cameron was very interested in this whole ' paint on your fingernails' thing.... but kept saying, it's just for girls though, right? I said that there are a bunch of different colors, and if he wanted, we could do orange sometime. He nodded his head and walked away.
Maggie purple fingers chipped and she was getting upset about it. I don't have any nail polish in the house, so I ordered this set. It came yesterday, and it's a nice, quick drying polish (although it's matte, so if I used it I'd need a topcoat). It also has 24 fun colors including orange. This morning, Maggie saw it in my bedroom and insisted on pink nails - and Cam wanted orange. So, I sent them both to school with painted fingernails. Cam was super excited about it, and I'm really hoping that the other three year olds think it is fun and not 'for girls'.
That is one thing that annoys me about about the gender 'rules'. I can completely understand why boys would like the girls stuff - it's bright! and sparkles! and twirls! and all their toys are dark colors and tough and usually trucks or balls. If any boy expresses an interest in things bright and sparkly, they are quickly told 'that is for girls' whereas girls can play with pretty much anything. As long as Cam is interested in things like fairy houses and orange finger nails, I'm running with it.