My oldest grandson, aged 11, came home from school with some exciting news today. The annual school camp is happening next week, and he’s going to be sharing a cabin with his absolute besties, Aaron and Mary!!! He then went on to pronounce that Mary is NOT a girl, she’s actually a boy, has always been a boy even though she was ‘sorta’ born a girl.
I was very impressed with his matter-of-factness about the issue. Like, it’s actually NOT an issue at all. Mary is one of the boys and thankfully the school has acknowledged this too by allowing her to share camp digs with her mates. Kids go on camp…that’s the end of the story.
(When the kids first met at school last year, the boys came home with the story that Mary was a tomboy. All good, I was a tomboy too. Then Mary came to visit for pool parties and stuff, and it was pretty obvious to me that Mary was not just a tomboy…but not my place to say anything to the kids because I had no idea if she had come out, whether her parents acknowledged the situation, nor the school for that matter).
But today is a good day. Kid (11) is totes nonplussed now, just rapt that he is going to be sharing a cabin with his besties. Why can’t the rest of the world be like this?? If kids can get it, what the hell is wrong with adults who can’t wrap their minds around the situation?
*Using the pronoun ‘she’ still as that’s still Mary’s preference apparently. Phone calls will be made to the parental units tonight to find out if this is definitely the case.