Pink Dresses, Ribbons and Bows

Because of the generosity of family and friends, our little Theresa has a full wardrobe of girly clothes with matching headbands and bows. As we prepared for this trip to Ghana, I tried to keep the packing simple, but made sure that Theresa would have especially girly outfits for the travel to and from Ghana so that strangers would not have to question whether she was a girl or a boy. Her arrival outfit was a pink romper with little watermelons on it, and she had a matching pink headband, complete with a pink bow attached. Even though I was carrying her in my blue moby wrap, I was sure that the headband would be the dead giveaway. But as I walked through customs, one of the guards stopped me and asked me what the thing on the baby’s head meant. A little surprised, I smiled and said that it meant that she was a girl,. He nodded and said, “oh, right…the pink bow means girl right? And blue is for boys.” “Yes,” I agreed., but still was caught a little off guard. Over the next day or two we encountered several people who kept calling Theresa “he” and referring to her as the “baby boy”. I quickly realized that in Ghana, pink and blue on babies means absolutely nothing! They have never really seen headbands on babies either. In Ghana, if it’s a girl, her ears are pierced, and if the ears aren’t pierced, you know it’s a boy! Sorry sweet Theresa, we did our best but you won’t be getting your ears pierced until you’re at least 16…and even then, we’ll talk about it!

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~ by martinsonmission on July 23, 2012.

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