I wonder if mothers of only girls receive comments like:
“Oh, when are you going to have your boy?”
“You are having another baby! Are you hoping to get your boy?”
“Will you keep trying until you get your boy?”
I suspect that the narrative about families not being complete until they get their boy is not as present as the copious comments I receive about my needing to add a girl to our all-boy family. Being a girl myself, I’ve got nothing but love for the female sex, but I have to tell you, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything by not having a girl. Yet, no matter how far removed I am from my child-bearing years, people are still compelled to remind me how my life with boys will just not be the same without a girl.
“You will never get to paint tiny fingernails!”
“Aw, you will never get to shop and have fun dressing them. Boys could care less about clothes.”
“But it’s so fun to do hair!”
“You will miss out on spa days and girl time. Boys are so dirty.”
“If you don’t have a girl, who will take care of you when you are older?”
I’m sure they’re right, but this girl’s heart belongs to boys.