Picture the scene. I’m on the bus with Eden. She’s doing her usual chattering at people, smiling and generally being cute. Someone gets into conversation with us and is asking questions about her. Then they say…
“I bet you’re daddy’s little princess, aren’t you?”
My normal response is just to laugh at this, but I was thinking about it the other day. Obviously Eden has two mummies. There’s no “daddy” on the scene. There’s a wonderful donor who helped to make her, but no daddy.
People like to talk about LGBT visibility, so I often wonder if I am letting the side down by not correcting people who say this. I know it’s not meant out of malice and it’s just conversation, but there’s a great opportunity here to broaden people’s minds. Would I offend people by mentioning it? Would it make conversations awkward? Do people really need to know? Do people really give a flying frog?
I would imagine when Eden is older she will probably tell them herself, so do I wait around for that and support her?
When someone says this kind of thing, should it be used as an opportunity to educate? Should I mention that she has two mums? Or do I just take it as the idle conversation piece that it is and laugh or change the subject?
Let’s hear your thoughts, fellow humans. What would you say in my position? Or what would you like me to say if you were the person asking?