939. The dolls’ house


It was the third birthday for twins Heather and Roch Friedlander. They were turning four. Four! Their mother organised a little party. Heather could invite girls roughly her own age, and Roch could invite boys roughly his own age. They each invited six.

Dear Mrs Friedlander,

Katie attended Heather’s birthday party and when she came home she said that the girls played with dolls in the dolls’ house while they boys were outside playing in the sandpit with trucks. This gender-branding is simply not what we expect these days from parents. In future, Katie will not be attending any further birthdays at your place unless we get an assurance that acceptable entertainment is to be provided.

Yours sincerely,
Alison Steiner

Dear Alison,
Thank you for your note. Katie will always be welcome to our birthday parties and we will continue to invite her. We have no intention whatsoever of limiting their imaginations!

Yours sincerely,
Amelia Friedlander

Katie Steiner had lots of birthday parties over the ensuing years. Heather Friedlander was never once invited. To be honest, when Katie Steiner turned eighteen, Amelia Friedlander was rather pleased that Heather had not been invited; judging from what she read in the paper.

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18 thoughts on “939. The dolls’ house

  1. Yvonne

    Oh, I get to make the first comment! I think we lived next door when Katie had that 18th birthday party. The boys and girls were well integrated, let me tell you!

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  2. umashankar

    It was God’s original intention to make things in pairs. Adam and Eve, Boy and Girl, Good and Bad, Upright Mom and Downbeat Snob, those who get talked about in tabloids and those who don’t. I hope my exclusion of tarns-genders and all those in-between things will be excused.

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    1. Cynthia Jobin

      The Greek philosopher, Plato, in his Symposium, said that humans originally had four arms, four legs, two heads, etc….and Zeus decided to split them in half so they would have less power against him. Since then, we have all been wandering about the world, seeking our other half…..

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  3. derrickjknight

    Trying to demonstrate my lack of stereotyping my children, I informed a colleague of rather feminist views, that, when we had given six year old Louisa an ironing board, she had exclaimed: ‘Just like Daddy’s’. Quick as a flash came the retort: ‘But why did you buy her one?’

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