This weekend is the Gay Pride Parade in Minneapolis. Perhaps this was this focus, and discussion surrounding John's business partner--let's call him X-- and X's partner of 25 years. Let's call him Y.
The conversation started out about business and swerved toward other things.
Scarlett: "X is gay? I had no idea."
Merrick: "What's gay?"
Scarlett: "That's a boy marrying a boy, or girl marrying a girl. Then they have babies. This is instead of girl and boy."
Merrick: "Like Billy and Tom, and Elliott and Freddy?" These would be the very out gay neighbors that live on each end of the block.
Matron (progressive teaching moment): "That's right. It's totally COOL TO BE GAY. If you want to live with a man, that would be awesome. Or with a woman. Or an elephant. Just follow your heart. Let's stop short of Llamas."
Merrick: "Can two girls be together?"
Please excuse him. He doesn't quite know the word 'woman' but would be awfully cute saying it.
Matron: "Yes! You can have any combination. And what do you call two women or girls who love each other and live together?"