Culture shifts are often generational. Love this story- the 7 year old girl declaring “Yeah! Your body your life,” almost had me in tears. Hope for the future of humanity restored for the day.
“SHIT I CAN’T MAKE UP: Convo between my 7-year-old students today
(Names have been altered slightly, just in case.)Josie: I have a new crusshhhhhMatt: Me too! On a boy!Pearl: You’re a boy with a crush on a boy?Matt: Yeah he’s really cute.Pearl: Oh.(pause for a bit)Matt: Boys can like boys. I just can’t marry him because boys can’t marry boys.Me: Yeah they can. You can marry whoever you want.Matt: Really?Josie: YEAH my tia has a wife so now I have a titi and a auntie.Matt: Okay. Then maybe I’ll marry him.Dave: (from across the room) No you can’t you’re seven.(Age was apparently the only foreseeable problem anyone of my elementary schoolers could see with gay marriage. I almost cried out of happiness. Later, when I was asked if boys could kiss anyone they wanted, I replied “only if they want to kiss you back.” And Josie responded “Yeah! Your body your life.”)My students are the shit.”