I love your stuff, Debby. :) This is my second read through, actually. I was just wondering, though... Up through the first part of the 20th century, it was standard for little boys and little girls to be dressed alike and have long hair until about the age of four. It wasn't high fashion or anything, it just kind of *was* that way. It's why there are so many photographs of "girls" from this era and earlier. The way you could tell was usually by accessories, trim on the dresses, and what they were holding. My guess is that all kids were "it"s until breeching. In my reading, I've found claims that it was for practical potty training purposes, because there were just so many buttons and such to handle on trousers, skeleton suits, and the like. It just hit me reading Silence, that nobody would've made a big deal of Josef's hair, and Michaela would've ordered a dress instead of a suit. It's weird to our modern eyes, but that's just the way it was. My thought is that the whole reason why they had Katie in the series was so they wouldn't have to explain a boy in a dress!