Sam and I are snuggled up watching American Idol together tonight.
We've also been watching The Amazing Race, which started up again 2 weekends ago. The boys love to watch The Amazing Race. They love the competition and seeing different parts of the world.
If you happen to watch both shows, you know where this is heading...
I've talked to the boys in the past about what it means if someone is gay. If you're a boy, you like boys and if you're a girl you like girls. That's pretty much it. Nothing to hide in our family, but at the same time there's really no reason to make it overly complicated at this point either, right? Especially with Sam.
So Sam and I are watching Idol tonight and he asks if Ellen is gay because she looks like one of the woman in the lesbian couple in the Amazing Race.
And I say yes she is.
And he asks why she's gay. Very matter of fact. He's not passing judgement, he's just curious.
Now remember, he's just 9. He doesn't really understand what it means. So I figure now is as good a time as any to chat a little more about it.
So I tell him that some people believe that people are born gay and others believe that people decide to be gay.
And I give him some examples. Like some people are born with brown eyes and some people are born with blue eyes. And some people are born liking to play with dolls and other people are born liking to play with trucks. And some people are born to be short and some people are born to be tall. And some people are born to be gay.
And then I figure that's about enough explanation for a 9 year old!
And he sits there for a few seconds and as innocently as only a child can be, and VERY matter of fact, he says...
'Oh, I get it. You mean like some people are born with more than 5 toes'?
And I sit there for a few seconds and say
Oh, to be 9 years old again. Or to be inside that head of his and understand how that sweet little mind put the 2 together!