Learning About LoveMonday, September 19, 2011
Little E has been teaching herself about love. Some she has worked out herself. This is along the lines of "I love you Mummy, Daddy, Miss H etc.." The rest she has extrapolated from watching a Barbie Fairy Princess Movie*. This was something along the lines of you get married to some one you love. The two sources of inspiration conspire to make some weird, but logical conclusions.
The conversation went like this:
"Mum, can two boys and two girls get married?"
Mum wondering where this is going.
"No, you can only get married to one person"
"Oh, Can two girls get married?"
Mum not wanting to get into the differences between civil unions and marriage or geopolitical boundaries and sexuality.
"If they want to"
"Oh, Can I get married to my sister?" Mum completely flummoxed on this one. Not ready to start that conversation.
In hindsight, I can think of many sage things to say, revolving around families, families joined by marriage etc. At the time however, I was both stumped and touched that Little E drew the conclusion that if you marry someone you love, of course she should marry her sister.
*Ok, we cut a deal in the video shop. I am not proud that this came home with us. To make it worse, it was a Barbie fairy princess wedding movie. Kind of like playing girly cliche bingo, without the ponies.