Overheard on Adams Street, downtown Brooklyn, 5pm, mother and seven- or eight-year-old daughter:
Mother: “Well, it’s something that happens between a man and a woman, or a man and a man, or a woman and a woman.”
Daughter: “Or sometimes three people?”
M: “Oh, well … I hope not. So it’s something for adults.”
D: “But what is it?”
M: “Well, when two people really like each other a lot …”
And when Alex Trebek plays this dialogue for your Audio Daily Double, your answer should be: “What is, ‘Mommy, what’s sex?'”
Yes, I kind of love this mother. First because she was answering such a charged question while walking down a busy Brooklyn street, carrying a big pink backpack and a scooter. Second because she spoke really calmly, as if answering that question was the easiest thing in the world. Third because she made a conscious choice to be pretty inclusive in her description of who might actually be engaging in the mysterious, adults-only sex. Sure, she falls down with that, “Oh, well … I hope not,” but I’m giving her a pass. I’m sure that caught her off guard.
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