I've had many interesting conversations with Brown Bear over the years. Some have been plain hilarious and others heartbreaking. Sometimes it's difficult to remember he's only 6 years old when his vision of the world is so inspiring. Take for example this snippet from a recent conversation we had. The boys have been putting toys up their shirts in imitation of the pregnant mums at school and nursery. I don't have a problem with it at all, but my mum did comment that she didn't understand why they were doing it. Then I had an interesting exchange with Brown Bear when we were talking about how he's grown taller, but his waist is still slim.
Brown Bear: I will get fat when I'm older though.
Me: You might not get fat sweetheart. What makes you think that ?
BB: After I have a baby I will get fat.
Me: Well boys don't have babies. That might change, but at the moment it's girls or women who have babies.
BB: So what happens when a man marries a man and they want to have a baby ?
Me: Well they can ask a woman they know to have a baby for them.
BB: Or if it's two ladies who are married they can have a baby.
Me: Yes they can. The other way they could have a baby is to adopt. Like we did with Blue Bear.
BB: Oh yes. He didn't grow in your tummy like I did.
Me: That's right. He is in our family now though.
BB: And you and Daddy are his parents.
Me: And it doesn't matter that he didn't start off with us does it ?
BB: It doesn't Mummy.
I think he's a pretty wise boy.
In case you missed our chat about adoption on the Listening Project have a listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ns2ly