When we have brother around things are always very different. The boys are VERY different. Noah is a fairly laid back and go-with-the-flow type of kid. He loves having someone around to play with so he doesn’t always assert himself in social situations because often he’d rather just have a playmate than worry about whether he’s getting to play what he wants to play. A, on the other hand, is very intense. When he gains interest in something that’s all he thinks about. He eats, sleeps, breathes, talks and plays whatever it is he’s interested in at the moment. Usually, in the past several months it’s been space. And Noah will play along with him at whatever space related games he wants to play until about day five. Then it’s over. He can’t take it anymore and starts voicing his own opinion. It’s generally about that time that we just start doing damage control until A makes the return trip back to his Mama’s. So imagine my delight when Papa announces, en route, that all A can talk about is Mary Poppins! Perfect! Noah LOVES Mary Poppins!
Wrong. Noah LOVED Mary Poppins. Until the exact moment that he discovered A loved Mary Poppins. He chose this visit to be the one that he started voicing his opinion from day one…and his opinion was that he didn’t feel like playing Mary Poppins. Now granted, he did agree to do a performance with A, but in the end his heart was only half there. The performance ended up being somewhat of a flop, as Noah wasn’t 100% interested and A was INCREDIBLY disappointed with himself for forgetting parts and because it didn’t go as he’d envisioned in his little brain. But it was worth it, as I ended up with some fun pics of the two dressed as Bert and Mary that will bring a smile to my face for years to come.
You all might think that Noah was slated to play Mary, but it’s no so! A insisted on the lead role and Noah was happy to take on the role as Bert. One thing that makes me so happy, regardless of other issues that arise between A’s Papa and Mama, is that A is also being raised in a way that allows him to step outside the gender norms of society. While he may seem “all boy” to some, there’s a sensitive and creative side to him that is not afraid to “cross that gender line.” For this, I thank his Mama immensely. I can’t imagine what kind of issues we could come across if he were being raised with a different, less open point of view on life.