Friday, January 06, 2006

Gender Politics and Curiously Happy Folks

This morning Ubs and I were reading one of Ubs’ favorite books which happened to be given to him from his aunt Mim. As is Ubs new desire when reading books, I was naming all of the images on the page so that he could try out the words himself. “Shoe”, “schew”, “book”, “bookah”, “airplane”, “ah-aida” (not sure what that’s about), “dog”, “doGah”, “cat”, “meeOW”, “boy”, “Bboyeee”, “girl”, “mine!”...wait... “girl”, “mine!”, okay, let’s back-track, “cat”, “meeOW”, “boy”, Bboyeee”, “girl”, “mine!”.

Hurumpf. Somehow a discussion of gender politics seemed necessary but, I sensed, the topic may have gotten lost on my audience.


Walking to the car today with Ubs, a black man (yes, his being black is of import in the context of this story so back off, sheesh) gave me a look, gave Ubs a look, and, while doing that head-throw back nod thing that cool people do, said, “Looks like he’s got some of me up in him.”

Whoa dude! I do NOT know you like that.

I just smiled and nodded and received his happy response, “Thought so!”

People are curious.


Anonymous Feanor said...

"Looks like he’s got some of me up in him."

That is some funny stuff.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Amy McWeasel said...

Indeed - that is some funny stuff.

Oh, and as to the "girl" = "mine" thing...maybe Ubs has been listening to some Motown and now makes the connection for "My Girl"?

I'm reaching, but oh well.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear my boy Abe likes the books I pick... As to creepy guy, sorry, but skin color has nothing to do with my initial reaction which is: do not talk to me, creepy stranger man. -- Mim

1:51 PM  
Blogger Duf said...

Could it be the Michael Jackson song "The Girl is Mine"?

And my wife, who is white (I'm black and I hope both of our races matter to the next point), gets a comment every now and then from my people.

None of them, so far as I know, are as creepy as the one you received today.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous tgwmsu said...

regarding the gender thing. abe my have some of me in him.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

With the "mine" thing... it could be as simple as Mom=girl, therefore girl=Mom=mine. You should be flattered!

8:46 AM  

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