My kids are definitely going through a stage of sexual awareness. I’ve had lots of interesting questions to deal with lately. Usually they happen when its just me and the kids, this one about the bulls happened while Ron was with us.
The scene: All four of us, driving into Edmonton, passing by a field full of cattle
Grant: Nicole, Nicole, look!! There are two bulls kissing!!
Nicole: (giggling) where?
Ron: Uh, bulls don’t kiss Grant
Grant: Look, over there, those two brown cows.
Ron: Cows are females, Bulls are males. You won’t see two bulls like that together with the cows.
Nicole: How come?
Me: (snickering to myself and thinking ‘oh good, let’s see how Dad handles this’)
Ron: They usually only put bulls with cows when they want to make calves
Nicole: Oh, how do cows get babies?
Ron: Well, (squirming) kind of like people do.
Nicole: Really? (Big eyes)
Me: What Dad means is most animals have a penis and vagina and make babies kind of like people do.
Nicole: (Thinking quietly for a few minutes)
Me: (Waiting for a zinger-it always comes after the ‘quiet thinking)
Nicole: So, how exactly does a bull make a cow get a baby. They have four legs!
Me: Well, usually with four legged animals, the male puts his front legs up over the back of the female and they fit together that way.
Ron: (uncomfortable gurgling noises) Loudly: anyone want to listen to the radio? Quickly turns the radio on .
Me: (smirking) not liking this topic honey?
The other day Grant says, out of the blue, “Mom, I want to get a girl dog”
Grant: So Casper and her can have babies.
Me: Casper can’t make a girl dog have babies any more.
Grant: Well, then I’d like them to have eggs.
(Apparently, I have some room for improvement as an educator!)