For some reason the kids have been talking a lot about marriage and girlfriends and boyfriends and having kids, etc. They are both certain they want families when they grow up. Little Bitty, when asked what she wants to be when she grows up, says “a mommy”. Although, I think she'd prefer to have like a baby penguin as opposed to a human. Brother wants to be an author or toy designer when he grows up. However, Little Bitty told him he should either be an engineer…or maybe have a lemonade stand. She also announced that she doesn't EVER want Brother to get married. She wants him to stay with her. Awww.
Earlier this week they were talking about girlfriends. Brother is smitten with a certain little girl in his class – and has been all year. Little Bitty announced that her girlfriend is Audrey. Brother very sympathetically explained to her “Well, Audrey shouldn't be your girlfriend…because you would never be able to marry her. Well – not in Tennessee anyway, maybe if you moved to Washington or somewhere.” Brother and I had had a recent conversation about same-sex marriage because we know several same-sex couples in Nashville. He was wondering about one family we know that has two daddies and if the daddies were able to get married. Pretty insightful for a six year old, no?
For the record – I want my kids to be able to marry whoever they want, wherever they want.
An ironic thing here is that Audrey is Little Bitty’s cousin…and that’s probably legal in Tennessee. ;)