Disclaimer: Yes, I know we’re all supposed to be boycotting McDonalds because of Hummers and gas prices and the war, but honestly, as long as they keep making delicious french fries and are located conveniently on the way home from my playgroup that hets out at about 12:15, I just can’t help myself. Plus, the boy loves nuggets and the girl loves french fries.
Yes. I stopped on the way home from playgroup and got happy meals for the kids.
As most of you reading this already know, I have boy/girl twins that are two years old. The day I found out that I was pregnant with twins one of the nurses at my obstetrician’s office, who also had twins, told us this: “Buy two of everything. And don’t go thinking that you can get one yellow ball and one purple ball either. Oh no. Get two purple balls.”
There are two schools of twin parenting thought. The first school doesn’t like to waste money and they teach their children to share. I call this one the “Let Them Fight it Out” school. The second school, which the nurse and I both subscribe to is the “Buy Two of Everything” school. (Okay, this is an oversimplification, but I think you get my point.)
Often when I go to McDonalds and get Happy Meals they will ask me if I want girl toys or boy toys. I usually tell them that I don’t care as long as they are exactly the same.
See, I don’t believe in the boy toy/girl toy thing. Both of my kids have trucks and both of my kids have baby dolls. It is okay with me if Ian drinks out of the pink cup. I just don’t care. They both like Dora and they both like Diego.
Today the drive through people didn’t ask what kind of toys I wanted.
Maybe they peeked in the car. I don’t know. But I do know this. Today I got one of these:
And one of these:
The top picture is of Toa Hahli. He is Bionicle. Who according to the LEGO website is:
Seeker of the Mask of Life!
Toa Inika Hahli may be the most important of the new heroes, for her Kanohi Elda, the Mask of Detection, will lead the group right to the Mask of Life! If the Piraka try to get in the way, her laser harpoon fires a mix of water and lightning.
Oh. I apologize. The boy toy is a girl. Whatever. SHE is a Bionicle.
The bottom picture is of a Little Mermaid bracelet that has lip gloss in it. Let’s pretend for just a second that a two year old has a use for lip gloss, just because I don’t even feel like going off about that right now.
I’m sitting in the van getting ready to merge onto I-495 when I realize that they toys are not the same. I am thinking that the kids are going to completely lose their shit. I don’t know which toy they are both going to want, but these are quite clearly very different toys.
I pass the toys back – the warrior with the sword to the boy and the bracelet with the make-up in it to the girl and hold my breath.
I guess McDonalds knows something that I don’t.
The Goon Squad is thrilled. Ian is making his guy fly and Claudia is opening and closing the special cosmetic compartment. I couldn’t turn around and really look, but at this point I wouldn’t even be surprised if she was applying the lip gloss properly.
The irony (if you can even call it that) is that I have spent the last year and a half telling people that there were innate differences between boys and girls.