It always amazes me how people will ask if I wanted a boy instead of a girl. I never gave it any thought before we knew, but the more I thought about it, I was indifferent.

And when Najwa was born, though she’s a girl, the gifts I buy her are the same I’d buy if she was a boy. Lots of building blocks. Anything and everything related to science, engineering, requires logical and mathematical skills, and so on and so forth. Dolls? What can you build with a doll?

I’m addicted to buying her building blocks. She is a little girl and gets exposed to the fairy tales little girls get exposed to, but I’m ok when she builds us a castle to protect us from the evil witch. As long as she’s building something instead of waiting for a knight in shining armor.

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