Dogs are boys, Cats are girls – All the Best, from Number 3

Tom pokes Jerry in High Steaks, one of the 13 ...
Tom pokes Jerry in High Steaks, one of the 13 films produced by the Deitch/Snyder team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love this post and had to share it.  There is a an important part about knowing that we all can be anything we want to be, but there is a wonderful fun part where we can remember the way we thought as children.  Black and white, right and wrong, male and female.  It’s how we learn, and children have such amazing ways of making sense of reality, whatever that is.

When I was little, I definitely thought Dogs were boys and Cats were girls- except for Tom of Tom and Jerry, and Sylvester.  But they were dopey cats so of course not female.

What made me laugh and smile the most was this response from someone named brazennell – I could totally relate.

She wrote

“When I was a child I would pretend my markers and crayons were people. All the bright colours were girls and the dark colours were boys. I used to do the same with an old chess set my grandfather had. White were the ladies, black were the gents. I have no idea what that means. I lack the insight and intellect to explain but I really enjoyed your post.”

Here is me totally relating in my response –

“brazennell, I totally know where you’re coming from!  I used to do the same thing- and in addition, I used to think numbers were people. 1 was a lonely old, but kind gentleman; 2 was a bit of a disciplinarian, always wanting to do what’s right; 3 was lots of fun (I was a 3 btw). I could go on but you get the drift. And now, quite a few decades later, I can still look at a person and tell what number they are.

Some people never grow up- thank goodness!”

So, what number are you?  I am a 3 because I’m round and have curly hair, but I’m also fun.  I like to laugh and I’m at my best when I’m not too serious- just like a 3.  I always wanted to be 9 though – 9 is fun and attractive in a much more sleek way than 3.

6 thoughts on “Dogs are boys, Cats are girls – All the Best, from Number 3

  1. I used to line up my coin money and pretend they were my students in the classroom. Similar idea to yours. I like the different colored crayons being girls or boys, too. BTW: Thanks for the Moggiepurrs mention under your “related articles.”


  2. Thanks for sharing this post! I too grew up thinking dogs were probably more male than female. The irony is now I have a black standard poodle named Sally who is ver “doggy” (rather than male) until she is clipped… At which point I’m reminded she is a she!


    1. My beagle Trudy is very petite and feminine (for a dog) until she starts eating something disgusting from outside or sticks her head in the garbage. The male in her comes out 😉
      Thanks for tuning in!


  3. What a great post from Jennifer! How our perceptions could be determined by our young, innocent thinking is amazing. Time and experience changes everything. Thank goodness, I no longer think people my age are ancient. I feel as young as I did thirty years ago. Thank goodness, I no longer think everything has to be perfect. Actually I don’t even care anymore. Thank goodness, I no longer anagonize over what I am going to say. Time to relax; enjoy life. As we age, I think those former innocent perceptions come full circle and return for the better.


    1. Isn’t it great? I think its miraculous that we all develop our sense of reality from a similar starting point, and as we age, we get wiser and realize there is far more grey than black and white in the world. Of course if you’re like me you still see people as numbers, but its more of a fun hobby than a way to navigate the world.

      Jovina I remember going for my second degree in college. I think I was 30, and I was in a Shakespeare class with a bunch of undergrads. Someone referred to being “old” as 25. I just cleared my throat a bit on that one. And when I was a teenager I calculated that in the year 2000 I would be 36 years old, and thought – how ancient!!

      But we are all still young inside- which is why I love this blog- 40 is the new 13, where this post comes from. Its True!!

      Have a great weekend Jovina!


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