Friday Fictioneers – A big decision

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

A big decision

“So, which one would you like?”

James looked at the sunhats and wondered whether he dared say.

“They’re all baseball caps, mum. I don’t like baseball.”

“You’ve got to have a sunhat, James. Just choose one.”

Blushing, James pointed to the pink one. His older brother, Edward, sniggered.

“Oh, I don’t think that’s suitable. What about this one? It says ‘Aloha’. And it’s bright – you like colourful clothes.”

“The pink one’s only 35 talas; I’ve got enough spending money. Can I have it if I buy it myself?”

“Oh, James…”

“Let the boy have it,” said his dad, quietly.

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42 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – A big decision

    • Dear Iain
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m hoping mum notes what dad has said. If she lets him have the pink hat it’s possible that this will be remembered by the whole family as a watershed moment.
      With very best wishes

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    • Dear Michael
      Thank you for reading and commenting so kindly. I’m glad it caused you to think and ask questions. There’s a lot of misunderstanding about transgender people, so anything that provokes thought is good!
      With best wishes


  1. Ah, bless dad! What a top parent for stepping in just when his son needed him. It’s the kind of unconscious gender stereo typing that reinforces generations of ridiculous assumptions about what it means to be male/female. When my son was very small he had a bag from a charity shop – pink and silver with a big Star on the front. The kept his favourite toy cars in it, swinging it about by the strap. Kids aren’t born with these preconceptions, they’re taught

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    • Ah, Lynn!
      What a lovely, humane and tender comment. You are so right; Dad deserves ten out of ten baseball caps for his intervention.
      I agree that many gender stereotypes are learned, but there are also authentic differences between man and women. Mind you, those differences should never be used to discriminate against people of either gender.
      And ten out of ten toy cars to you, Lynn, for giving your son a pink bag with a silver star!
      With very best wishes


      • You’re right, there are differences, just perhaps not as many as previous generations and assume current cultures would have you believe. And thank you for the kind comment re the bag – he really did love it!


    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for reading and commenting. You’re right that it’s sad that there can be a stigma around a colour. Mind you, at Pride marches I’ve seen encouraging signs that young trans people are finding it progressively easier to live as themselves. This means that there is less stigma associated with any style of dress, and any colour.

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  2. I love this, Penny! It is so rare that it is the dad who is this open to a child’s choices and desires. I have a FB friend in New Zealand with a daughter and two sons and she and her husband always allow the children to pick what they want to wear (kind of funny when they pick what they want HER to wear, too, which she does). The boys wear pinks and purples and flowers and whatever and the daughter wears whatever she wants (mind you, being the eldest she doesn’t have the hand-me-downs that the boys have). It is so refreshing to see this total erasure of the classic “for boys” and “for girls” culture in their house.

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    • Dear Dale
      Thank you for reading and commenting. It was lovely to read about your NZ friends and the way they’re empowering their kids. Gender stereotypes are a bad idea, damaging to both boys and girls.
      With very best wishes

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  3. Great realism to this story. It amuses the cultural issue with the colour pink. It originally was the colour for boys (considered an off shoot of red) & blue for girls. Then marketing powered switched it. Still just a colour…


  4. Isn’t it the old saying that “real men wear pink”? I think that sometimes people so hung up on little things that they stop thinking about their purpose and only think about reacting. When I was teaching high school there were a few transgender kids. There was one in particular who would say she was a girl to people who wanted to hear that she was a girl, or she would say she was a boy to see people’s reactions. I never reacted and she never made a big deal of it in front of me again. To each his own.


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