Excerpt from a conversation between two boys, 11 and 13, and their mother:
Setting: “The hideout” at the Monocacy River
Boy, age 13: Guess what I found in the woods, Mom?
Mom: Uh, what?
Boy, age 13: A box of condoms!
(Boy, age 13, grins. Boy, age 11, looks unsure but laughs anyway)
Mom: Do you know what those are for?
Boy, age 13, (rolls eyes): Yes! I’ve had health class for 3 years.
(Boy, age 11, conspicuously quiet but still grinning)
Mom to Boy, age 11: Do you know?
Boy, age 11 (with sarcasm): Uh, yeah.
Mom: What are they for?
Boy, age 11: Like, getting drunk or something.
(Boy, age 13, starts laughing)
Mom: Would you like to explain, Boy, age 13?
Boy, age 13 (turning red): No! Not now!
Mom (imagining later explanation): Would you like me to explain, Boy, age 11? If Boy, age 13, won’t now, I can.
Boy, age 11: Yes, um, no, um, I don’t know…
Mom: It has to do with S-E….
(Both boys interrupt)
Boy, age 11: No, no, no!
Boy, age 13: It’s something the boy puts on his penis for sex!
Mom (discreetly laughing to self): Okay, where is this box?