M-ito on contraception. “So if you want to have a baby you can’t use a condom or diaphragm or anything like that. Right?”
My response after taking a moment to allow the question to sink in: “You got it.”
M-ito: “Then why do they say in the book that you have to use a condom?”
Dad-dito: “That’s to stop you from getting any sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis or gonorrhea.”
M-ito: “And that one with the c at the beginning?”
M: “That’s the one. They’ve got great cartoons of them – they look like the Three Nasty Gnarlies*.”
D: “Yup. The first three you can cure or get rid of and others like HIV/AIDS -”
M: “HIV – ”
D: “- you can’t. Once you get HIV you have it for life. That’s probably why they talk so much about condoms and using some kind of protection.”
M: “Okay. But … to have a baby you can’t use them, right? I figured that out?”
D: “You did.”
Thank you What’s Going On Down There Karen Gravelle, Nick and Chava Castro!
*One of Mom-ita, M-ito, and my favorite children’s books ever by Keith Graves.