Today, Athena went shopping with me at the local warehouse store. As we were leaving, she noticed a young man with dreds pulled back in a ponytail. She commented to me, "Mommy, he has a ponytail!"
"Yes, he does, honey!"
"But boys can't have ponytails! That's silly!"
At this point, I explained to her that boys can have long hair OR short hair... whatever they prefer. Just like girls can have long or short hair.
She thought about this, and started noticing people around us... how they all had different lengths of hair. Somehow, this led into some musings on how to tell boys and girls apart. This transitioned into a conversation that I've been waiting for... but not the conversation you THINK it turned into.
She said something about how people always have a mommy AND a daddy. I told her that actually, sometimes people have two mommies or two daddies. And some people only have a mommy or a daddy. All of those different families are still families... but they all love each other just as much.
She said, "Yes. I have a mommy and a daddy though."
"Yes, you do."
"And you love me."
"I love you so much."
"All mommies and daddies love their kids."
"Yes. All kinds of families all love each other."
"I love you, Mommy."
"I love you too, sweetie."