Friday, June 25, 2010

From the Mouths of Babes? --

Neither the Matron nor her husband can remember how this started.


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."

Delightful summation.

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?"

Merrick: "Jewish!"


smalltownme said...

Merrick's adowable.

On a personal note, I was mostly raised by two not-girls-but-cranky-women who had a love-hate relationship. But there was no hanky-panky: they were sisters! I really did enjoy escaping to my dad's for vacations.

Combinations, indeed.

Gail said...

Out of the mouths of babes....

Thanks for my morning laugh.

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Anonymous said...

Now what's wrong with llamas? Best "out of the mouths" story I've heard in a long time!

Irene said...

That's great! leave it to Merrick to come up with something like that. The kid is a great stand up comedian without an agenda.

MJ said...

It's always interesting to get a glimpse of what is really happening in kids' heads! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

HOW funny is that kid? Hilarious!

Daisy said...

I'm still laughing at "...and then they have babies." Well, it's a little more complicated than that, but I'll take her explanation.

thefirecat said...

Even more than I love Merrick's punchline, I love love love Scarlett's total aplomb and non-reaction to the various intricacies of love. Well done, mama.