yes I know how pronouns work, it was just a cute exchange at whole foods, okay?

 [ butcher counter ]

"Hi there, how can I help you?"

"Hey, can I get that small piece of the king salmon right there?"

"This one on top?"

"Yeah, the little guy."

He pulls it from the case. "How do you know it's not a girl?"

"Oof. You got me there." We smile at one another. 

"Could have been a female fish, right?" 

"Yeah, I don't know her pronouns. They / them..?"

Big laugh. Then, as he's wrapping it: "Actually, I think this was a boy."

"That's a relief."

Hands me my filet oh fish. Very direct smile and eye contact. "You have yourself a great night."

Holding up my dinner: "Thanks, we will."