…you’re a fag, but I’m not sure what that means.”
That greeting from the twins’ classmate who we saw on the playground this week came as a bit of a shock.
My initial reaction was to say, “Well, it means your dad is an asshole.” But, as I looked at the innocence on the kid’s face, I thought, “What it means is that if your dad is comfortable using that kind of language around his six year old then I hope & pray that you turn out straight. Otherwise, I fear your dad will treat you horribly, placing you on the fast track of becoming another depressed 14 year old who feels alone & harms himself in some way whether it’s through drugs, unsafe sex, alcohol, or suicide.”
So, I just smiled and said, “I’m not really sure what it means but my name is Kenny so why don’t you just call me that.”