pretty handsome prince

This is a true story.

* * *

Scene: New Year’s Eve at dinnertime, a restaurant, next table over.
Players: Mother, young daughter, younger son

Mother: You (to daughter) are a pretty princess, and you (to son) are a handsome prince!

Son: Wait, what am I?

Mother: You are a handsome prince.

Son: (thinks for a while) But… I want to be a pretty princess too.

Mother: (distracted) What’s that dear?

Son: I want to be a pretty princess!

Mother: But… uh, no. Your sister is a pretty princess, and you are a handsome prince.

Son: Why?

Mother: Well, you’re a boy. Boys grow up to be handsome princes.

Son: (decisively) No, I’m going to be a pretty princess.

Mother: (sighs)

* * *

This scene delighted me and gave me hope for the future.

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