These sorts of conversations, where Will wonders about the various mysteries of the universe, always pop out of nowhere. One minute he’s eating a bite of cereal, the next he’s asking:
Why are boys born in women’s bellies too?
Do you mean you think boys should come from men’s bellies and girls should come from women’s bellies?
Hmmm. Well all babies come from women’s bellies. Only women’s bodies can have babies.
But my dad!
Nope. Daddy can’t have babies. I had you and Owen in my belly.
Well, I’m Ally’s dad and Ally’s dad had to grow a little baby in his tummy. And I have to nurse my baby too.
And so we find a way to compromise. Sure, most of the time it’s women who do the childbearing in my world. But if Will wants to mother his imaginary Ally, I’m happy to watch him defy the laws of nature and play the nurturer too.