(Follow-up to Bear with Incorrect Wings on July 2nd)
My younger son was still working on his winged bear gargoyle sculpture at summer camp last week.
Apparently he told some of his fellow campers that he was going to put a unicorn horn on it, and one of them informed him that unicorns and unicorn parts were too girly. Just like the color pink. My son was happy to tell me how ridiculous he thought all this was...about the unicorns.
But he does have some concerns about the color pink.
Not too reveal too much, but in toddlerhood, both of my male children had a serious affection for pink objects...and particularly pink shoes. There might have been some plastic, heeled, open-toe dress up shoes in circulation at our house. And there might have been some pink Mary Jane style shoes that may even have been worn to preschool until the class bully nastily expressed his opinion about the the girliness of the shoes and their wearer. Maybe this happened. I cannot confirm the details.
Maintaining the appropriate level of manliness in preschool and lower school can be a strain on a boy.
Sometimes they need access to unicorn horns and pink stuff too.