"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Kids Will Manage

This sort of shoots a hole in the "Save the Children!" argument. This kid's about as cute as it gets.

A transcript from Melissa McEwan at Shakesville:

Text onscreen: Thanksgiving.

[Calen, a little boy, is standing in a bathroom next to a sink, looking up into the camera.]

Calen: A husband's a boy.

Adult male voice from behind camera: Right.

Calen: A wife is a girl and a husband's a boy. Then you two are husbands! [He hold up two fingers on both hands.] Wifes are girls; husbands are boys.

Voice from behind camera: Right.

Second adult male voice, from next to camera: That's right. So, if you're a boy—

Calen: You'll be a husband.

Second Voice: Right.

First Voice: Yeah, we're both husbands.

Calen: [puts his head in his hand] You're both husbands?

Second Voice: Is that confusing—

Calen: You married each other?! That's funny! [slaps hand to head]

Second Voice: That's funny, right?

Calen: Yeah. [looks thoughtful] I usually see husbands and wives, but this is the VERY FIRST TIME I saw husbands and husbands! [grins excitedly]

[The two men laugh; Second Voice peers around and grins into camera.]

Calen: So funny. [edit] So that means you LOVE EACH OTHER!

First Voice: Yeah.

Calen: Yeah. Yeah, they're much alike. You're much alike. Hey, I'm going to play ping-pong now.

First Voice: Okay.

[Camera follows Calen out into the hallway; he turns back and looks at the two men.]

Calen: You can play if you want to.

Text onscreen: You're much alike.

McEwen's comment sums it up:

"So that means you love each other!" Congratulations, kid. You've now got a more sophisticated understanding of marriage equality than about a third of the adult populace of the United States.


Piet said...

The kids are all right, all right. They're much more resilient and damage proof than the fearful Right want them to be. I've always said that if a child asks about marriage equality, all you have to say is Mommy and Daddy love each other and got married; Uncle Tony and Uncle Nick love each other, so they got married, too. And the kid will say, Oh. OK. Can I have a pony? And some chocolate milk? -- And that will be the end of it, with the lesson learned. Sheesh. This is not rocket science.

Hunter said...

Hup! The anti-gay right doesn't believe in science, rocket or otherwise -- they think Paul Cameron does research.

The thing about kids is that if you answer their questions honestly and directly, they're fine. They're funny that way.

Hunter said...

PS -- good to hear from you.