When I was a kid there was a range of colours for clothes and toys. Now there's far less variety, and far more pink! Did you like pink when you were little? Do you think there should be more variety for children now .... as in, boys who might like pink and girls who might like green.
I loved pink and all things pink. My bedroom had pink flowery wallpaper, pink paint and my bedding and curtains were also pink and flowery..... don't recall clothes or toys being pink particularly though, we were mostly dressed in hand me downs and jumble sale finds, so it never occurred to me that I might get to choose what colour anything was! Though I do recall I had a pair of lilac shoes with pink beads on the laces that I loved loved loved more than life itself.........
I still love pink but I also love all bright colours. I give Savile the choice of colour wherever possible and he quite often chooses pink. It's just a great colour! And although there is a lot of pink for girls/blue for boys stuff out there, it is perfectly possible to get other colours too, well here in Europe anyway. You just have to look for it.
I can't say I remember but it's likely that I did. I think children are given a lot more freedom these days to step across traditional gender boundaries. That said I donlt think they should be discouraged if they do choose to follow tradition.
I never had a pink phase. And I never wanted a pony. I did not like barbie or ballet.
I liked rocks. And blue. I slept with a rock (it was a beautiful smooth river stone, nearly as big my head). I wanted to be a geologist, until I was 10, then it was all about marine biology.
when I became a Mum, I vowed to NEVER put my daughter in pink.
So wouldn't you know it, she likes pink. and ballet. and horses. And what an adventure it is! Seeing the world through her eyes, seeing her delight in all things movement. She wants to push her body to do things, she wants to fuel it well and is fascinated by the potential of it. She sees power and beauty...her world is full of love and hope.
I try to give her a variety of opportunities, strew her environment with alternatives. Being free to play, outside. I try to avoid fads and trends. She is who she is. Just As I am who I am. She likes pink, I like blue. She likes to dance. I like to collect rocks. The important thing is being free to know who you are.
I love your story. - and, it's one of the reasons I've practically given up sites where people seem to enjoy being rude to each other, intolerant of people's views others than their own. My daughter loved ponies, l5 years I shared her love and adventure (hmmm.. if only she'd loved rocks, my bank balance would not have been so sad.). Enjoy being who you both are.