At the time she was engaged to her partner, a woman.
My son was aware that his aunt was living with another woman. However, because we lived many kilometers away from each other it was not a situation he was exposed to on a regular basis.
After I hung up the phone, my son approached me with an inquisitive question.
“Why is auntie marrying a girl?”
I had wondered if he had overheard the conversation.
And for a few seconds I hesitated before answering his question to gather my thoughts.
Where do I begin?
How do I explain this to him and word it so that he will understand?
This was uncharted territory for me. We had not really had any tough talks as of yet.
He is only six years old!
I sat him down on our loveseat and matter of factly began…
“You already know that a boy and a girl can love each other so much that they get married. Well, a boy can also love another boy the same way. And a girl can love another girl too.”
His response was simply, “Ok!”
And off he went to play and continue on with his day.
This discussion would be the first step towards many other important and difficult discussions that will come in the future.
PS – This conversation took place a few years ago.
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