Monday, October 17, 2005

Overheard: Elementary Carpool

Emily: Did you see the graffiti someone put on the wall by the gym?
Much Younger Carpool Girl: No. Who did it?
Emily: I heard a rumor it was that one kid? And his friend.
MYCG: Wow. What does it say?
Emily: It says Ida* is gay and Mr. GymTeacher** loves Miss MusicTeacher*** and Michael* s-u-c-k-s.
MYCG: Oh.
MYCG: What does gay mean?
Lisa: (holding breath)
Emily: It means... happy.
MYCG: Ohhhhhhhhhh. Huh?

* Names have been changed to protect the privacy of minors, although their names are spray-painted on the side of a building, so I dunno. I just feel better about it this way, okay?

** He's kind of weird and I don't want to give him the attention.

*** She's very sweet.

4 comments:

lar said...

You know, what is it with these kids and their "gay" crap? They have no idea what the word really means (although Emily's definition is correct). Yet they persist in calling boys "gay." All they know is it isn't something you want to be called. I overheard a child telling someone it means bi-sexual. This kid doesn't really know what that means either, I don't think.

Debbie said...

OK - I'm coming out of the Lisa's blog readers' closet........

As the mother of the MYCG, please thank MOCG (much older carpool girl) for mainting MYGC's innocence........

Shelby's Mum said...

LAR: From the online urban dictionary...

Gay:

1. jovial or happy, good-spirited

2. a homosexual male or female

3. often used to describe something stupid or unfortunate. originating from homophobia. quite preferable among many teenage males in order to buff up their "masculinity"

My guess is the boys you are referring to are using the um, last definition.

Shelby's Mum said...

Hi Debbie! Glad to hear from you! I asked Emily why she said "happy" and she said "because the other meaning is the parents' category." Such a smart girl...