"Mom, can people be a hermaphrodite?" he asked me.
Uh-oh. What should I tell him?! Truth is best, right?
"Yes son. There are some people born with both women and men parts."
This sent him rolling on the floor with laughter.
I tried my best to explain to him that the way people are born is no laughing matter, hermaphrodites couldn't help the way they were born just like he couldn't help it if he has brown hair. Thankfully he accepted this and stopped calling his little brother a hermaphrodite.
He begged me to look up pictures online and show him. I refused, scared of the images I'd find if I googled the word.
I am certain this conversation will backfire one day and he will ask a stranger at the the grocery store if they are a hermaphrodite. Mark my words, he will not forget the word and embarrass the hell out of me.