Ahead of Her Time

My grandmother always liked to put fancy ribbons in the hair of her grandchildren. Boys, girls, it didn’t make no never mind to her. My mother and father strenuously objected, of course, when it came to me. “Egad!” my father would exclaim. “Are you trying to turn my son into a fag? No son of mine is going to go around with ribbons in his hair.”

“Oh posh,” Granny would say. “Why make your children live within the confines of what so-called proper society dictates?” Granny would ask. “Forcing a gender identity on a child is not conducive to growing up to become a well-rounded, empathetic adult. Besides,” she’d add, “children — even boys — look adorable with ribbons in their hair.”

Granny was way ahead of her time.

Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (grandmother), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (fancy), The Daily Spur (ribbon), Ragtag Daily Prompt (children), Word of the Day Challenge (gad), Your Daily Word Prompt (confines), and My Vivid Blog (conducive).

8 thoughts on “Ahead of Her Time

  1. Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris July 19, 2022 / 4:36 pm

    My ten year old grandson wanted a pink sun hat with a removable neck-guard. My daughter got him the pink hat, which he brought with him to spend the summer with me. I live on the coast, so hats and sunglasses are pretty much mandatory here in the summer. (95° F today) We attended an outdoor concert downtown on July 4 during the day. The looks and double-takes of people (mostly men) were truly hilarious. He’s a very lovely boy and some of the elderly ladies would tell him what a pretty little girl he was. He would very politely inform them he was a boy and their poor, shocked faces had me in quiet, internal hysterics! 😇

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    • Marleen July 19, 2022 / 10:27 pm


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  2. Nope, Not Pam July 20, 2022 / 4:18 am

    Granny certainly was, mine just gave me cherry brandy 😜

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