Saturday, April 29, 2006
"Mom, what's a 'lesbian'?"
I was not prepared to hear this question from my then-kindergarten-aged son as I tucked him into bed one night...but I did (and do) consider myself an open-minded, modern Mom, so I took a deep breath and said: "Well, hon, a lesbian is a woman who loves and lives with another woman...you know, like Dad and I love each other and live together, but it's two women instead of a man and a woman. Remember my friends Jane and Alice? They have been together almost 20 years now, and they are lesbians."
I thought I'd handled that explanation rather well, when he looked up at me and said: "Oh...um, a new boy started at school today and he said he was 'lesbian' - so now I don't really understand what he meant...."
"Oh, hon! Now I understand your question...you meant to ask, 'What is Lebanese, didn't you?!"
"Yea Mom, that's it! What's a 'Lebanense'?"
"That's someone from the country of Lebanon, in the Middle East, hon."
"Oh, OK, Mom. That makes a lot more sense..."
Posted by Dorrene BrownButterfield at 3:37 PM