I got to babysit our two granddaughters this evening. It was one of those great neighborhood nights where all the kids had most of their toys out on their driveways. The kids would stroll over to each other’s houses to try each other’s toys. It was like a progressive dinner for the pint-sized set.

Most of the toys in our granddaughters’ driveway were pink – pink bike helmets, pink bike, pink squishy toys, etc. But we wandered next door, home of several boys of all ages. Everything was dark blue, bright red, lime green, and very macho looking.

The youngest one gazed at me with big, brown eyes, and declared: “Our house is nicer than your house on the inside.”

I replied, smiling, “Oh, really? That’s nice. Why is that?”

He declared triumphantly, “Because we have Nerf guns!”

Hey! I believe in equal opportunity, m/f. Our grand-girls have a ton of unisex toys. But I will defend to the death the right of a little girl to have a pink bike and pink bike helmet . . . and the right of a little boy to be proud of his Nerf guns.


Male and female created he them;

and blessed them, and called their name Adam,

in the day when they were created.

         — Genesis 5:2

By Susan Darst Williams • 5/28/2020 • www.RadiantBeams.org • © 2020