(scene opens in early cluttered dining room)
Delta: (suddenly alarmed) Where’s Narbles?!
Gamma: (in kitchen) Over here! (camera cuts to squishmallow purple narwhal on the counter)
Me: Thank you, for finding her…. Hey, is Narbles a boy or a girl?
Delta: Um…Narbles is from the sea and a sea creature, so both.
Me: Oh. What do you call someone who’s both?
Gamma: (comes out of kitchen) A helicopter.
Me: You don’t call them a helicopter! That’s silly.
Gamma: (seriously) No, they’re helicopters. (holds up hands at 90 degrees) Helicopters have the blades on top and blades on the back. See? Both!
Me: That’s pretty good logic, but you can just say “they” if you don’t know or they say they’re non-binary.
Gamma: What’s binary?
Me: Binary is when you only have two choices. Non-binary would be a third option.
Gamma: Cool. Can I have Nutella for breakfast?
Me: (sigh) And that concludes the lesson. Sure, share with Delta.
(two kids throw up their hands cheering and run off screen)