When I picked up Rainer from school this afternoon he was quiet and kind of contemplative. He is often tired after a long day from school, so I didn't think very much of it, but chose my conversation carefully. He has a bit of the fire in his belly if I ask too many questions when he isn't in the mood to talk. After a bit he said to me, "You know, Mom. I learned about a new sign today."
I said, "Oh, yeah? What was it?"
With a serious look on his face he said, "I don't think you're going to like it."
"Yeah?" I said, "Why don't you try me."
"I don't want to tell you because you might get mad."
As you can imagine, all sorts of things were running through my head. Where did he see this sign on the stall of a public restroom??
"Why don't you tell me. I won't be mad at you, and I am curious."
"Well," he said, hesitating. "It said 'No Women.' It was in a place for praying. And they don't let women go there."
I pieced together from what he had already told me earlier in the car ride about what he learned about a place--he couldn't remember the nam--with a "mostly green flag with a sword on it" where "they read from right to left instead of left to right," that he must have seen this sign at school during his Lunch Bunch enrichment program (they are studying other countries).
"Did you learn about Saudi Arabi today, bud?" I asked him.
"Yes, that's it! That's where I saw the sign."
"Well," I told him, "You're right. That sign doesn't make me very happy. I believe that men and women are equal and should be given the same rights. If I were told I couldn't go somewhere or do something because I am a woman, I would be kind of mad."
"Ms. Dierdre said she didn't like that either," Rainer told me. "And I don't like it either. You should be able to go anywhere if you are a man or if you are a woman!"
And so we agreed. He makes me proud, my little feminist.