Last night we went for a walk through the grounds of Buckingham Fountain. Lovely walk. On the way to the car, out-of-the-blue, Mini Me says, "I know what 'gay' means." To which I said, "Really? What does 'gay' mean?"
"Gay is when a girl marries a girl," said Mini Me.
Pretty spot on for a FIVE-year old!!!
Mini Me went on to say that "gay" is when your Barbie dolls kiss and when a boy marries a boy.
Motor Mouth seems to be a bit of a homophobe. He was appalled at the definition of "gay."
We explained to the children that some people are born gay and that it is normal. That we love and respect gay people. We shared the names of people we, as a family, love that are gay. It helped the children to see that it doesn't matter if someone is gay - we love them.
I was thinking we would have the heterosexual birds and bees conversation in June, after school lets out. Now, that conversation for our 5 and 8 year olds will be more encompassing and a bit more detailed than I had initially thought.