Perhaps what we currently deem ‘anomalies’ – things like gender equality, homosexuality, and racial fairness – will seem as familiar and ordinary to them as something like a woman’s right to vote does to us.
Naturally, his parents came to the rescue, picked him up and began to coax him in a bid to draw back his tears.
At just two years of age, he is already being taught to suppress his sadness, a trend that contributes to the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK: suicide.
This time, we have two brothers, a five-year-old and a two-year-old.
In referring to the younger sibling, you’ll often hear something proudly professed like: ‘he’s got a really strong grip!’ or ‘he banged his head on the wall but didn’t even flinch!’ – male behaviour that’s recognised and celebrated.
And these conversations are happening among my generation, the supposedly ‘modern’ kind.