Out of the Mouths of Babes…

Some friends of ours (another gay couple) have two adopted sons, ages 4 and 2.

Our friends are very fortunate, in that one of them, “P”‘, makes enough money, so that the other one, “R”, can stay home and be a “House-Frau” and take care of the boys.

They’re lovely people, and we adore them!

But, they are a little eccentric.

Longtime readers will recall, that this is the couple who gave their 4 year old son the first name of this film character.


Rgardless, R is a very good parent, and doesn’t let the kids run wild (as his mother-in-law likes to say; “R’s stern!”) but one of the things that he does let their 4 year old do every day,  is to listen to the soundtrack to the film version of the musical Hairspray.

In fact, the 4 year old knows pretty much all of the lyrics by heart.

Unfortunately,  recently the 4 year old has started exclaiming “IT’S NEGRO DAY!!!” at random to whomever happens to be present! (This is a line from one of the songs from the film.)

And although R and P have tried to get him to stop saying this, they haven’t had much luck so far.

Now, while the boy is at home, this isn’t such a bad thing, as he doesn’t mean anything by it obviously.

But, he started Nursery School this past Fall.

And his teacher is an African-American woman.

They’re expecting a phone call from the school any day now…



  1. Mel said,

    December 9, 2008 at 5:35 am

    When my sister’s older daughter was about 2, she knew all her colors. In Spanish. At the time they also lived in a majority black county in SC. Of course, when 2-year-old Mary tried to say “negro”, it came out sounding, well, like something a lot more offensive. Which made for some very interesting trips to the supermarket.

  2. Lemuel said,

    December 9, 2008 at 6:19 am

    My wife teaches in a pre-school and we also had two sons. I can vouch for how difficult it is to get a young child to stop saying something that they have picked up. It becomes more difficult if they perceive that you find it inappropriate. They find joy in making you squirm. So to your friends I say “Good luck with that!”

  3. urspo said,

    December 9, 2008 at 8:09 am

    a little too much fabulous at home …..

    TigerYogiji replies: Oh you don’t know the half of it!!!

  4. BentonQuest said,

    December 9, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Kids say the darndest things!!

  5. Patti said,

    December 9, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Kids are a trial… and error! Uh they might want to give the teacher a little “heads up” and the background info! LOL
    If it happens – oh pretty please post about it!

  6. Raybob said,

    December 9, 2008 at 10:50 am

    A stern daddy! Wow. One can dream, I suppose. I love kids and I really adore their candor.

  7. Ultra Dave said,

    December 9, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Well that should be an interesting discussion!

  8. the hobbit said,

    December 11, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Every day in Hobbitville is Negro Day, too!

  9. javabear said,

    December 11, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    This sounds eerily familiar. I’m laughing. 🙂

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