I made a faux pas yesterday at a family function by *accidentally* bringing on the whole "homosexuality talk" with my cousin and her young daughter. Oops! Here's how it went down:
Setting: Sitting with several adults and one child at the dinner table.
Me: ... and so yeah, then we took a ferry to the island.
Annika (cousin's daughter): I know what a ferry is!
Me: Ohh. Very good!
Annika: Actually, I know TWO kinds of ferries.
Me: Well, one could say there are actually THREE types of ferries! (lol)
(knowing laughter from adults)
Annika: WHAT? What's the third kind?
Annika's Mom: Thanks, Karyn.
Annika: What other kind of ferries are there, Mom?
Annika's Mom: Ummm... uhhh...
Annika: TELL ME!
Annika's Mom: Karyn, why don't you explain it...
Me: Okay. Umm... Well, you see, Annika, when a man loves anoth-
Annika's Mom: NO! KARYN! STOP!
Annika: What is the third kind of ferry???!!
Me: Ummm... oh, you know what? I miscounted. There ARE only two types. You were right.
Annika: (not buying it for one second) TELL ME!
Everyone looks at each other awkwardly. Several people clear their throats. The rest pretend to be overly interested in their hamburgers.
Me: Well! ... I'm done eating. I'm going to head on inside.