So then…Tucker slides down the playground slide and lands with a satisfactory thud in the dirt. He beams and scrambles up the ladder to repeat the rush of the freefall.
I grin at this darling 4-year-old in all his glory this sunny afternoon.
After one more whoosh and a thud, he runs over to plop on the ground next to me and grab a handful of grapes. Such purity and innocence of a carefree child.
“Mommy, can a man marry another man?”
Huh? Suddenly all my senses are on alert, clutching for the politically correct answer for my 4-year-old. Where did this question come from? Maybe one of the kids at preschool has two daddies?
I need to give correct info – but not overwhelm him with too much info. I can’t imagine he’s expecting me to delineate the intricate issues involved in a same-sex marriage political debate. I settle for something simple.
“Well, honey, in some states, yes, it’s possible for a man to marry another man. But in any state, if two people love each other, they should feel free to be together.”
Tucker grabs a cracker with his pudgy little hand.
“Can a man marry another man and another woman?” he asks.
Uh-oh. Where did he hear about ménage à trois? Good grief. What’s going on at that pre-school?
“Um, no, honey, not really. Usually a marriage is just between two people. Why?”
He furrows his brow and looks up at me wistfully. “Because when I grow up, I want to marry you and Daddy and live with you guys forever.”
Oh.My.God. Melt my pea-pickin’ little heart.
— Darcy Perdu
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(OK, your turn — share a bizarre question from your kid – or a heartwarming moment – OR details about your latest ménage à trois. Your choice.)