I was waiting for this to happen for a while now. I’m actually surprised I had to wait so long till, the other evening, my fine young son asked me a question. That question:
Abba [that’s me], why are there boys and girls?The question was repeated several time, not to be ignored.
Since I don’t like lying and bullshitting anyone, particularly my son, I chose to go with the science. I told my son that we need both girls and boys in order to be able to make more humans, and that this is because humans have evolved in a way that required a mix of the mother’s genes and the father’s genes in order to create a new person.
I doubt he fully comprehends the meaning of the explanation I have provided, but I also wouldn’t discount his understanding of these matters purely because of his tender age; none of the terms I had used, genes included, are foreign to him.
I would have liked him to not be settled with my answer and further challenge me instead, but he went back to his Lego playing. My very first ever sex education teaching class ended rather prematurely. On the positive side, my son did not ask me that "how" question that begged to be asked – how do the parents’ genes combine to make a new person?
Had he asked I would have provided a detailed account of the sperm and the egg.
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