Sale! Sale! 40% off.
Lifestyle is having a sale and I took Avni along with me for the much needed mother daughter bonding-cum-shopping time. #baddecision.
Juniors footwear section has two racks. One rack sparkling in pink and yellow and the other one with a dull blue-black-brown hue. The invisible sign board reads Girls here and Boys there. I marched towards the blue-black-brown rack with avni in tow. Blue should be the color for my baby girl, Mamma decided. On top of that they go with most of the stuff in avni’s wardrobe. #doublebenefit.
As I picked up couple of shoes to try on my little one, a may-I-help-you-boy comes and politely informs me.
“Ma’m Its for boys.”
I know. The inner wolf in me screamed at the poor thing silently. No pink for my baby, only blue. And Never ever never ever never ever talk like that to a true- blue-feminist.
I put on my oh–you–don’t-know smile and tell him patiently.
“I know. But my baby loves blue. And I am sure it will suit her.”
I turned towards Avni to try out…….oh the horror, look what I found.
The little one has evidently decided that the chit chat between her mom and may–I–help–you–boy is irrelevant and decided to search for shoes herself. And see what she got for herself… A shoes which has pink, barbie and bling..ha worst voodoo doll of any feminist blue blood.
“kunju, see I have got a blue one for you. Super wow color”. My last attempt.
“Amma..chi chi”. She shook her head.
“Amma.. Chiya…”. She pointed towards the pink shoes making it clear that she has decided.
Those who are gonna see my baby running with these pink shoes on, Let me clarify beforehand. I still do not believe in gender based stereotypes. I just let my baby exercise her free will. Phew #excusesweinvent.