Today Kim, Riley and I were driving home from a doctor appointment with an ADHD specialist when Riley (in true ADHD form) chimed into whatever conversation we were having with a totally random assertion. “I’ve been thinking of the pros and cons of being gay when I grow up.”
I guess I really shouldn’t just throw something in like, Riley’s seeing an ADHD specialist without saying a little more on that topic. But I’m not sure I’m ready to really talk about everything that brings up for all of us right now. Suffice it to say that a couple of weeks before school started, Riley (in true ADHD form) piped up in the middle of dinner that he had been thinking that it was time for him to get on medicine for ADHD. Kim and I have our own concerns about that (mostly Kim), I just have weird notions that I’m somehow a failure as a mother because I have a kid with ADHD. I get through the moments and move on. But anyway Riley is really struggling at school and wants to be able to earn “free choice” stickers so he won’t have to wear the school uniform on Friday but he hasn’t earned a free choice sticker since last January or February and its really frustrating to him especially since he thinks he’s trying really hard not to be distracted in class but that one moment he loses concentration results in some sort of outburst and a card turn thus no Friday reward. Anyway, I imagine there will be some ADHD posts in the future, but for now this post is the pros and cons of being gay. According to Riley of course.
“I’ve been thinking of the pros and cons of being gay when I grow up.”
Kim asked Riley to explain some of the pros and cons as he see them.
“Well the biggest plus is that boys make more money than girls so if I marry a boy then we will have more money than if I marry a girl. And if I marry a boy and we have more money then I could buy my kids more things than you buy us since we will have more money. Plus some boys are really cute.”
Kim asked him what some of the pros are for being straight.
“Oh that’s easy. Girls are EXTRA cute and REALLY nice. But being gay is more money so I am thinking of being gay.”
Kim asked him where he’d get a baby if he ended up being gay.
“Oh shoot. That would suck. I’d have to adopt a baby which would be hard to do because I’d be gay or I’d have to buy a uterus to put a baby in and that would be EXPENSIVE! So all that money I saved by being gay would be used in having a baby. And I really want a baby. So I guess I had better just be straight which is okay with me because girls are Extra Cute and Really Nice!.”
Then, in true ADHD form, Riley add, “What does pros and cons mean anyway? Does it just mean plusses and minuses?”