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Mountain Mama: A Purple Bike

first_img“A purple bike, huh?” a woman says to my four-year-old son who is showing off his brand-new-to-him bike decorated with Disney princesses, the one I paid fifteen dollars for at a local outdoor festival.“Rock the purple, you can pull off princesses,” she says.I change the conversation, hating the implication that riding a purple or pink bike is somehow a dig to his masculinity. Her comment rubs me the wrong way – he doesn’t need to ride harder, to prove himself to anyone to overcome a silly gender myth about color.Pink, and her cousin, purple, weren’t always associated with girls. In the 1700s men and women both wore pink. In l794, the French writer Xavier de Maistre recommended that men decorate their bedrooms in pink to brighten their moods.In the early 1900s, children clothing catalogues suggested girls wear blue because it’s, “much more delicate and dainty in tone.” The same catalogue recommended pink for boys “because it’s stronger and more passionate color, and because it is actually derived from red.”In 1925, the Gatsby himself in The Great Gatsby, wears a pink suit. Fifty years later, Robert Redford wears a version of that pink suit in the Boston Show.Later on in the century when pink became associated with women, the connotation of pink was no longer strong and passionate, but passive and delicate.I recoil from the idea that female-associated colors are somehow weaker. I don’t care if Tobin thinks pink and purple are girl colors, so long as he considers them emblems of fierceness and strength.I am raising my son to understand that superheroes don’t always wear capes. Some wear bikinis. He sees strong and capable role models wear pink and purple. Every day my son asks if we can practice riding his bike. He’s so proud to be riding without training wheels, but hasn’t quite gotten the hang of braking. His preferred method is riding as fast as he can down grassy hills and then crashing.“I bashed again,” he boasts.His favorite color is purple and he loves his new bike.I overhear him tell a new friend he met at the playground about it. “I got a new bike. It’s the one with women all over it,” he says, his voice full of pride.Having a purple bike doesn’t compromise his masculinity. At four, he already understands that powerful and strong women don’t diminish his sense of self. He spent on a month sailing on a boat skippered and crewed by females. More often than not, it’s a female voice he heard, reminding him of what he’s capable of, who whispered “go, get out there and try.” When he’s falls, most of the time a strong and capable women has extended her hand, helping him to his feet.My wish for him is to always surround himself with powerful people, both male and female. People who stand in their full power allow others the space to step up, encouraging us by their example to run in the direction of our boldest dreams, to become the most badass versions of ourselves.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Sally Belle

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Sally Belle! She is a 10-month-old, 45-pound German Shepherd mix who is an outgoing and high energy girl! Shelter volunteers say that she is a big-pawed, happy pup who already does well on a leash and knows the basic commands for “sit,” “down” and “shake.” It is true that she believes it is polite to offer her paw when meeting new people or saying “hello.” Sally Belle adores cuddling, belly rubs, agility, and jogging with her people. She is hoping for an active and loving family, who are outdoorsy, with a fenced yard to help her grow into her full potential. Children should be older because she just might grow, catch up with her paws, and become a very big girl!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Sally Belle in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Virat Kohli retains test batting crown and Ajinkya Rahane joins him in the top…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement fev4nNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsd7dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8w5lr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) keg9tWould you ever consider trying this?😱8x1rCan your students do this? 🌚2h6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Since usurping Steve Smith to gain the no. 1 spot in International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Test batting ranking list last December, Virat Kohli entered the new decade with his rank unruffled. With 928 ratings, the Team India skipper is still leading the list, while teammate Ajinkya Rahane holds his position at 8th with a rating of 759.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPAlong with brilliant spell in the recent limited overs cricket, Virat Kohli had an amazing performance during last year’s Test series against South Africa and Bangladesh. The 31 year put up an astounding 254 against the Proteas in October 2019, and an impressive knock of 136 against Bangladesh in the historical pink ball Test match in November at Eden Gardens.Eearlier expressing his love for the Test format, Kohli has been revered by pundits and supporters for endorsing red ball cricket in the country, and even Ravi Shastri, the head coach was full of praise for the skipper for his leadership role.Advertisement Former Aussie captain Steve Smith is trailing behind Kohli in second position with a rating of 911. The previous world no. 1 reached the top spot after a brilliant Ashes last year, but post his place to Kohli after a lacklustre Pakistan series.Ajinkya Rahane, who dropped from 6th position to 8th, hasn’t got recent call ups for the Men in Blues in white ball cricket, but is still the Test squad’s middle order run machine. In the Bangladesh Test series back in November, the 31 year old put up a combined total of 137 runs. He was India’s second highest scorer in India’s first innings in the first test at Holkar Stadium, and scored his 22nd half century of red ball cricket in the second test at Eden Gardens.Advertisement Cheteshwar Pujara, previously wanked world no. 4, went down to 6th position in the list with 791 ratings. The 31 year old scored 81 in the first South Afirca Test match, followed a 58 in the second one in October. In November, he scored two half centuries in the Bangladesh test series.Following the closure of the ongoing T20 and thereafter the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand, the much awaited Test is coming next month, starting on 21st February at the Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington.Also read-Virat Kohli reacts after India pulls off massive chase: ‘80% of the crowd was behind us!’ Advertisementlast_img read more