We have stayed up past bedtime way too many times this past week-thanks to The Olympics! (Hey, only once every couple of years, right?)
My kids are mesmerized by the synchronized diving, infatuated with the gymnastics and have thoroughly enjoyed cheering on all the teams.
They clap when the girls stick their landing, ooh and ahh at how quickly the Olympians are swimming and yelling and screaming as the teams are rowing.
I was prepared, and to be honest, super excited that they have shown interest. So much so, that I find them re-enacting their own events, and swim lessons have gotten rather interesting lately.
What I wasn’t prepared for was the inquisitive mind of my three year old.
“Mommy, why don’t the boys and girls compete against each other?”
I do not consider myself a feminist by any means, however, I have a little girl too, and would never want her to feel like she isn’t on the same level as her brother, or any boy, ever. I mean, these days, girls are competing against boys in many things, it just not displayed here.
I simply told him that God built boys one way, and girls a different way, so, physically, boys compete against boys and girls compete against girls.
Which, still wasn’t enough for him. He responded, in normal three year old fashion, “But, why, Mom?”
I just, wasn’t ready for this, and my answers are never good enough.
I just changed the subject, and we continued practicing for our own Olympics. I threw my back out showing the kids how to do a back bend, which totally stinks because now the kids realize their mom is getting old, but also because I know the question will come back around tomorrow night.
I’ve got to learn how to be better with my responses! Ahhhh! Have you been asked this, also? What would/did you say??