Ladylike

Dana Whittle
Jan 5, 2020 · 10 min read
Photo by Ussama Azam on Unsplash

Lessons in learning how to behave.

It is recess on a warm, spring day, and my elementary-school class is outside on the playground for a welcome break. We girls are gathered together near the paved area that holds the basketball hoop. The boys dribble a basketball below the net. We are not invited or encouraged to do the same. There is a jungle gym, but we can’t climb on it because it is 1966 and we are required to wear…