Robert smiled and Bernice blew a kiss to her daughter as the two of them exited the room. Robert and Bernice were heading towards the exit when they noticed a man lying down in another room. Bernice shook her head in pity. He was very thin, pale color and his skin were covered in blotches. Robert gently squeezed Bernice’s hand.
“Grandma… don’t stare.”
“I’m sorry. I don’t mean it in a bad way or nosey way. I just feel sorry for him.”
“I know grandma, I know.”
“Robert, do you know about the AIDS virus?”
Her question took him by surprise.
“Grandma, I’m surprised you know about it.”
“Well, yes. Your grandpa and I always keep up with the news, especially medical news. All I know is this: if you’re going to be having sex, just make sure you’re protecting yourself. Please. That’s all I ask”
“To my knowledge, the origin is unknown. But supposedly hit homosexuals first very hard. Then it quickly started affecting everyone else.”
“Yes, Grandma I know, but can I ask you a question?”
“Yes, what’s on your mind?”
“Well, what you think of homosexuals?”
Bernice stood up straight as if she was being interviewed on the national news.
“I’m a Christian woman and I don’t care for their activities behind closed doors, but I do tolerate them. Why do you ask?”
Bernice was hoping that Robert simply asked out of curiosity.
“No major reason, Grandma. I asked because there are two gay guys in my first-period class.”
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