For Munchkin’s 2nd birthday, a friend and I built him a toy kitchen. At the time, I was working in a corporate environment and I got a lot of flack for wanting to make him one.
“A kitchen, for a boy?” they asked. “Why not?” I replied.
The kitchen is currently in the workshop for a few repairs, but Munchkin “cooks” something for me most days – whether it’s air soup, or bread and tomato sandwiches on pizza – and if I’m cooking in the kitchen he’s right there. And why shouldn’t he be? Cooking is a skill that everyone needs to know. More than that – it boggles my mind that despite cooking being a “feminine” occupation in the home, the majority of top-paid chefs are male.
Apparently I’m doing it again. Munchkin has repeatedly asked me to sew with him. We tried some felt on felt action, but it wasn’t working too well. So for his birthday I put together a kit of plastic cross-stitch grid, embroidery thread, and a blunt needle in a little case. He’s been going to town practicing his stitching.
I’m super proud of him. Need I point out all the famous male clothing designers to defend this one?