Mistaken Identity

Some babies as newborns don’t look like any specific gender. They could really go either way- and without the blue or pink colored hat their given in the hospital nursery, it’s a crapshoot. Have you ever offended someone by calling their baby girl a boy, or vice versa?

Thomas did it once back when Holden was under a year old while we were in the Children’s Hospital waiting room. Granted, I honestly couldn’t tell if the baby was a girl or boy either, and it didn’t help that she was fully decked out in green. He felt bad for a week about that.

For both of our kids, I never really figured we’d have an issue like that. Neither of them look anything like girls, but perhaps i’m a little biased.
it only happened once in the past, when Holden was an infant, dressed in ALL BLUE, and some elderly person asked if he was a boy or girl. Baffled. Why would I dress a baby girl in ALL BLUE? Unless it was an all blue dress with frills, I just couldn’t understand the mix up.

Holden’s always been a big chunky lump of boy. Especially these days. He’s tall, I dress him in shirts with skulls on them, or guitars. No flowers, no pink.. sometimes orange. His hair is a little long- but when I look at him I don’t see anything feminine other than his incredibly long thick eyelashes that would make ANY girl jealous.

Yesterday, after the whole ‘find the smell’ situation had finally been solved, I randomly decided that since I didn’t have the ingredients to make SOS for breakfast, that I absolutely MUST have it for lunch (and I knew it was cheap, cheap is good). So out to lunch we went. The only place I was positive that had it was an old diner.
Delicious food, but always packed with incredibly old people. The type of old people where they’re SO old you can’t even understand what they’re saying half the time. The type of old people who think it’s perfectly acceptable to walk up and touch your baby’s head.

Yes, this place was full of them.. one of which walked up and started yammering on to Parker, and then looked at Holden who was sitting in the back of the booth and asked
“Is that big brother or big sister?”

I was at a loss. No one has asked that since Holden grew hair.
We of course instantly informed the old timer that Holden is in fact a BOY.. and when he walked away I was left scratching my head.
Old people are crazy, sure, but crazy enough to mistake Holden for a girl?? Maybe i’ve let his hair grow too long. I have been calling him Ellen Degeneres for the past week.
I suppose I could take it as a complement. Being a pretty boy won’t be such a bad thing in his future.

I really hope when I get so old that it takes me 5 minutes to get out of a chair that I don’t start mistaking little boys for little girls- but if I do, i’ll always have age to blame. You can get away with just about anything when you’re senile.

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Holdin' Holden 7 Comments
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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink#In_gender

    I know Wiki is not the best source, but a professor also told me this:

    “In Western culture, the practice of assigning pink to an individual gender began in the 1920s[13] or earlier.[14] From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because being related to red it was the more masculine and decided color, while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color, or related to the Virgin Mary.[15][16][17] Since the 1940s, the societal norm was inverted; pink became considered appropriate for girls and blue appropriate for boys, a practice that has continued into the 21st century.[18]”

    So old timers might still be in this out dated notion of color!!!!

  • I still don’t think it has anything to do with the color Holden was wearing. Just has to do with the fact that the dude looked at Holden and couldn’t figure it out. Holden was seated in a booth so the clothes were probably not even playing into it.
    Old people are just crazy and blind.

  • If you mean in general.. I dunno,. I think anyone old enough to be having baby boys and dressing them in pink in the 1940’s likely isn’t still alive today. Anyone after that has had kids and grand kids and great grand kids where they’d have to have learned by now that pink isn’t really considered a good color for boys.

  • GAH i really have to stop remember things, i’m going to blow up my own comments. The old man who couldn’t tell if Holden was a boy or girl even admitted to having a grandson who just turned 5. Definitely not so far out of the baby loop that he’d have an excuse for not knowing the difference

  • SOS is shit on a shingle, which is what my family’s always called biscuits & sausage gravy lol

  • Wow I guess it depends on which area of the country you live in as to what you consider SOS to be. In the midwest biscuits and gravy is just biscuits and gravy. Up here SOS is toast with a cream gravy that has chipped beef or ham in it 🙂

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