I told the munchkin there was no such word as tomboy.
She asked me yesterday what a tomboy was.
Someone at school had told her she was one.
It was probably the same child that told her football was for boys and not for girls, that blue was a boys colour and pink was a girls, that there were boys toys and girls toys.
She wanted to know what it meant.
I told her it was an old word used to describe little girls who liked to climb trees, play football, play outside and get dirty.
A word to describe girls who would have grazed knees and bruised legs from having adventures and exploring.
I asked her if she liked doing these things, asked her if she liked adventures.
Yes, she answered, with a big grin on her face.
I asked her if she thought she was a tomboy.
No, she said.
I’m just a girl, girls can do all of those things.