Unfiltered Story #32723

Unfiltered | May 23, 2017

I was volunteering in a first grade classroom when I was in high school or early college, 2007-2008 or so when I had this exchange with a child.

Student runs up to me on the playground: “[me] can a girl marry a girl?”

Me, caught totally off guard, stammering: uhh….uhhh, well, it depends what state you live in

Student, thinks hard: well, what about in Massachusetts?

Me, still not sure if I should be taking the conversation in this direction: well…yes!

Student: hmmmmmmm…(thinking very hard), I don’t want to marry a girl

Me, my brain finally catching up with my mouth: “you can marry whoever you want!!’

Child runs off, happy as a clam. I later became a teacher and much faster at answering children’s insane questions less awkwardly and with honest and loving answers from the beginning of a conversation instead of at the end.