This image is making the rounds on Facebook, and it’s garnered some comments, as one might expect. The picture is out of context, so we don’t know the story behind it. Some have commented that they think it might be staged, but looking at it, I don’t believe that to be true. Most comments are along the lines of “awwww how cute!”, which is where I come down on the situation.
We don’t know if this is a spontaneous moment captured by an adult, or if it is a recreation of something that happened a moment before, or if it is a staged situation, with the boys simply playing along with some idea of a parent or other adult. Heck, it could even be older children trying to play a trick on the young boys who follow them around, like a pair of lost puppies!
I’m hoping, however, that it’s the real thing. That these boys have a great affection for each other, and live in an environment that allows them to express that affection. Whatever the real situation behind the picture, it’s a great canvas on which to see the reactions painted there by those who comment (and write blogs!) about the image.
The comments I saw on Facebook range from “ewwww” (not many) to, as I said before, “awwww, how cute!” (most). As adults, we know the boys may just be acting out something they’ve seen at home or on television, and not be any more intense in their friendship than any other pair of buddies. What I think is important, though, is that it appears that the idea of two boys kissing doesn’t bother our little Romeos. They might have broke the kiss in a fit of giggles, or maybe it’s a “see you later” kiss, with each of them running home for dinner. That’s the problem with out of context images, we have to make up our own story.
Some, of course, try and take the “high road”, and say it’s inappropriate, and would be even if it were a boy and a girl of the same ages. For some, this is adult behavior, and inappropriate for children. I think that’s going a bit far, and imposing adult thinking on an innocent situation. Kids don’t think like adults, even when they copy something they saw adults doing. Perhaps we would do well to remember the song lyric “a kiss is just a kiss”, and leave it there.
We don’t know if these boys will grow up to be gay. If they do, they’re off to a good start. (or at least that’s what MY painting on that canvas will show. You go, boys!)