When the clock struck 2 am at a Brazilian wedding I went to this weekend, I had never felt more gringa. Fighting off sleep and a general sense of shock that people were dining at the hour most Americans are snoring, I realized that we are, if anything, a modest people.
I was reminded of that last weekend, when I heard a four-year old little boy say that when he grew up, he wanted to marry his babysitter. He went with the simple, easy option that replicated what he knows.
How can we make alternative choices sound that simple?
For kids, it's easier to say “When I grow up, I’m going to get married” than, “When I grow up, I want to be in a non-gendered, open and equitable long-term partner relationship.”
Imagine teaching that to little kids, Dora the Explorer style. “Now, say it with me – ‘romantic partnership’.”
“Can you say, ‘Joint checking accounts?’”