I was having lunch with my boys the other day,so as we were enjoying our lunch, I saw vaguely someone who looked like my friend, indeed was my friend.
So as soon as this friend of mine,passed me by,I called out to him, "Hey Billy" no respond,thus gingerly I called out again,"Hey Billy Tatt" This friend of my stopped, this friend of mine then walked towards me," So it is you...blah blah blah"
Usually at this juncture,my two boys would always address my friends,"auntie or uncle" but this time only Marvell called out to my friend" Hello auntie" but Jovial was just looking up to my friend and extended a smiling gesture to my friend and after much pleasantries, this friend of mine said that she had to go, so she left.
Then, Jovial began to tell me this,"Papa,I really don't know how to address your friend just now" I knew why Jovial was saying that,simply because my friend was a transgender.
So I explained to him that that friend of mine chose to me a "girl " since he was small,I shared with him that even since she was small,she had been ridiculed, all because nobody showed her the respect just because everybody thought that she was different than them,you know coming from all boys school........rebel yells lah
I then told my two boys that in whatever circumstances,they should not ridicule,tease,make fun or mock at anybody just because they are different than them. Both of them nodded and I hope they will grow up to be respectful to others.
P/S : We can be different but we are eventually the same