Yup. And I didn’t even know there was a Babe5!
Damien got in the car when I fetched him this afternoon and he smelled like smoke. Again. I asked if he was smoking today and he said “Yes. I had to.” I reply that he never HAS to smoke- what does he mean he HAD to? He says he broke up with his girlfriend today. “Oh,” says me “I didn’t know you had another girlfriend, why didn’t you tell me?” His reply was the usual “I dunno.” I didn’t pry for much more information. And we drove on in relative silence.
About halfway home he tells me (with a very embarrassed smirk on his face) that there’s a guy at his school who thinks he’s cute!
Me: Oh ja? How do you know?
Damien: I heard him talking to a friend of his.
Me: are you sure he was talking about you?
Damien: ja, he was sitting with our group one break and I heard him talking as he walked away.
Me: oooooohhhhh… does he know you’re straight?
Now this is something I just can’t get used to. Homosexuality and lesbianism were strictly taboo when I was at school. And even if there was someone we suspected was gay they didn’t “come out of the closet” until long after they’d left school. At Damien’s school, a lot of kids are openly gay. There are lesbian and homosexual couples… there are guys wearing lip gloss and doing their nails… and there are guys who are so camp it’s almost funny (think Jack, from Will & Grace)!
And honestly- it’s quite a “culture” shock if you’re not used to it- especially in a country as conservative as ours!
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One in three is not a statistic - one in three is a crying shame.