our resident naked bilingual moral apostle
Boy11 seems to have multiple personalities. He has absolutely no qualms about stripping down and running through the house stark naked, showing us everything he's got (which ain't much at the moment, thank goodness). He also delights in telling us in minute detail exactly which stop Boy14 is at on his journey through puberty. I'm happy for these somewhat graphic updates since I don't think I've seen Boy11's much more modest brother unclothed since he was about 8 years old. Although bathroom jokes abound between the both of them, it's like these kids are from two different planets.
But it's a very different story with Boy11 if WE start talking about "below the belly button" things of a recreational or procreational nature. Either he just doesn't want to hear it or has very concrete views on the subject of what is right and proper. And as usual, he likes to mix his languages a bit just to make sure I'm paying attention.
Me: Umm, Don't you think it's about time to put your pants back on?
Boy11: Oh, OK. Hey, did I tell you about the special surprise visitor our German teacher brought to school?
Me: You said you thought it might be a baby. Was it?
Boy11: No, it was just a Handpuppe*.
Me: Does Frau S. even have a baby? Is she going to have one soon?
Boy11: I'm not sure. She's not married, you know!
Me: Well, you don't have to be married to get pregnant and have a baby. We've talked about that before.
Boy11: I know, I know, but YOU didn't do that, did you? YOU were married BEFORE you got a baby**, right?
Me: Yes, Papa and I were married for a couple of years before I got pregnant with Boy14.
Boy11: Of course! That's the RIGHT way. FIRST you have to kennenlern yourselves!!
**ein Baby bekommen translated literally into "get a baby" in English
***kennenlernen is a verb meaning "to get to know", "meet" or "make someone's aquaintance"