Today my son came home from football practice and as is usually the case, fills me in on some of the details of his day. He said a friend told him his mom was reading our book and she liked it, so another kid overheard and asked what the book was about.
“It’s about our family,” said Logan.
“We’re polygamists,” said Logan, matter-of-factly.
“No, you’re not!”replied the kid, adamantly.
“Yes, we are,” he stated again, calmly.
“No you’re not, I see them in the grocery store, they don’t dress like you,” he said, incredulously.
Logan smiled and explained to him that there are many types of plural families. The boy ‘interrogated’ him as to how many ‘mom’s’ he had, how many siblings, etc., almost trying to trip him up to see if he was lying.
After several questions, he was satisfied and just said, “Cool.”
For most of our children there as been a lot of fear and dread about the book coming out. When it came time to tape Dr. Phil and 20/20 we were not sure if any of them would participate. But in the end everyone of them that were home at the time agreed to be on camera. I was so proud of them.
Now, it seems that they are growing more confident of who they are, where they are from, and understanding why we are taking a stand. In telling me the story, I was struck watching Logan in its telling. I think it was the first time he had ever proclaimed his polygamist family with such pride publicly. At 13, that was a bold step, and I am proud of him.