Anatomy for Seven-year-olds…

Or, the best euphemism ever for, um, male apparatus.

It started with a bathtub conversation. My seven-year-old granddaughter, Chloe, asked me how, when “boys marry boys” or “girls marry girls,” they have babies.

I have always tried to answer kids’ questions as honestly as possible while keeping it age-appropriate. I told her when two men have babies they might have a “surrogate,” a woman who has a baby for them, or they might adopt a child.

Women can adopt, as well. In both cases there might be children from earlier marriages to the opposite sex. Women can also, I said,  have babies through “donor insemination,” where the get a man’s “sperm” to help them make a baby.

Chloe considered all this for a few minutes. (I also firmly believe in answering only the question that’s asked, then waiting for the next question.)

Finally: “Does that involve a boy’s “wiener” or “ding dong…? or, giggling, “Disco ball?”

I was laughing so hard I couldn’t answer. I know it’s silly and nearly meaningless but, after giving her credit, I’m owning it.

Even better if they're gold

Even better if they’re gold


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