Sara Whitman

Legos or make up

Filed By Sara Whitman | December 11, 2007 10:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: child care, drag queens, gender roles, make up, masculinity, toys

I'm sitting downstairs, working on a relationship piece for the New York Times, which is making me nuts. Too corny. Too honest. Not honest enough. More bite, less bite, oh, why the hell am I trying to write something for the New York Times???

Then I get to go through all the critic voices in my head - you suck, you can't write, you only get posted on your own blog because it's your own blog...

On and on... I feel like there are enough to have a small cocktail party. Serve some self-pity hors d'oeuvres - you know, something high fat, high calorie that tastes good for a minute then is too heavy and too rich.

And I hear Ben and Jake upstairs. Now, I should have noticed I had not been hearing Ben and Jake upstairs for a while but I was too busy beating myself into a pulp. I hear Jake say, Mom is going to kill us.

Like a good hostess, I excuse myself from my pity party and say, why am I going to kill you?

Giggles break out.

What is it?

Well, Ben says as they start down the stairs, We put on some mascara.

They both pause mid staircase.

And eyeliner.

They both jumped the rest of the way to the landing.

Indeed, they got into the eyeliner and mascara.

Go wash it off, I said. And please put it away, it's not a toy.

sgwdrag.jpgMind you, the only reason why I have eyeliner and mascara is for my once a year drag dress up party at Walter and Allan's house. Playing girl for a night.

I know. I'm pretty heavy handed with the eyeshadow.

They ran back up and laughed as they tried to wash the grease off their faces. I have to admit, Ben and Jake get along so seldom, I almost wanted to show them where the eyeshadow was kept.

After they were done, I heard Ben say to Jake, You know, we should probably stick to Legos instead of Makeup.

Yeah, Jake agreed, probably as easily and quickly as he did to the original suggestion to put the makeup on.

A quick reminder to all my critics sitting at the table - I might not be talented enough for the New York Times? But I have kids smart enough to know, Legos are a better idea than make up.


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""I have kids smart enough to know, Legos are a better idea than make up.""

Cheaper also....
you can't re-use makeup.
:)
That was cute.


Take care
Susan Robins

Good luck with the Times piece! G-d knows they need more (openly) gay columnists/writers, particularly on the op-ed page!

Then I get to go through all the critic voices in my head - you suck, you can't write, you only get posted on your own blog because it's your own blog...

You don't suck, you can write, and you get posted here because you're good!

Don't be so hard on yourself. Others will be sure to do it for you anyhow! :)

Sounds like my mom - she preferred I played with legos instead of make-up.

Oh, wait, that was me. I preferred the legos.

My little sister was the one who ate the make-up... as well as the legos.

And to think we both ended up queer. There were no early signs, of course.

I didn't know you had a queer sister, Alex. Does she read the site? How old is she?

legos as a necklace... Now that is something I must tell Ben...