10-year old Q said to me yesterday: “I’ve been working for YEARS to not just see the boy and girl boxes.”
I wasn’t quite sure what he meant, so asked him to explain. “You know, like when I’m looking at people.”
Me: “Oh, so when you’re out in the world, you try to just see the person and not put them into a box?”
Q: “Exactly! I keep thinking about it and thinking about it. And I have myself mostly trained.”
We noted how interesting it is that what he hopes from others — that they just see him as himself, as opposed to someone who fits in a particular gendered box — takes years of self training, even for him.
Here’s to wishing those boxes were not so deeply ingrained in all of our minds, or that we had as much discipline as Q to work to erase them.