Perhaps you can tell already from the title that this post will be a classic illustration on the differences between boys and girls.
This morning my girlfriend had me watch her daughter Lilly while she took care of some things. Lilly arrived with a pink backpack full of pink things. One by one, as #s 5-7 watched in fascinated silence, she reached into the backpack of pinkness and pulled out princesses. We don't have princesses here, heck, we don't have a grasp on female pronouns here, so this was heady stuff. Each princess was introduced by name, some with many names, Briar Rose, Sleeping Beauty, Aurora, others with a song, "Ah ah ah, ah ah ah," the boys and I dutifully repeated each name and sang along to a song or two.
Later in the day after much hair flipping, and adorable drama (adorable because I don't get a steady diet I'm sure), Lily had left her princesses on the bar where I was making cookies, and was playing happily with #7 in another room. #s 5 and 6 were snitching chocolate chips and trying to figure out the mysteries of princesses.
#5: So this is uh...Singing Beauty.
#6: No, that is S-l-e-e-p-i-n-g Beauty, or Aboura.
Boy Mom: Sleeping Beauty, Aurora, or Briar Rose.
#5: Why does she have so many names?
Boy Mom: Um, well, because...maybe we'll watch the movie some time.
#6: Watch a movie about princesses?
Boy Mom: It has a dragon and a prince with a sword in it.
#5: All right! Can we watch it right now?
#6: This princess is Urielle.
#5: Urielle, that's a weird name.
#5: ( knocking a cup over into the row of princesses which topple like dominoes) Wow, three of them fell.
#6: Yeah, that's so cool, let's see how many I can knock down.
Poor princesses it was a great game of Princess Bowling though.
I even helped them set up the princess like bowling pins.
"If you can't beat em, Princess Bowl with em," we Boy Moms find ourselves saying.