The first time your daughter openly admits to having a crush on a boy it’s like Christmas and a visit to the dentist all rolled into one. Of course, her dad and I have visibly seen the results of her having a crush before, but when asked about it her response was always something like, “Stop you guys. Boys are gross. Kissing is gross. Gross. Gross Gross.”
This time it’s different. She is different. She is the one telling me. Smiling at me from across the table. Grinning from ear to ear as she tells me all about this boy and his “amazing basketball skills”.
It’s an exciting time. You realize, everything is about to change. Soon you will be helping her navigate the crazy world of male/female relationships, getting ready for dates, and then prom … someday a wedding. It’s all rainbows and puppies and butterflies. Don’t get ahead of yourself though. It’s also insanely terrifying, “I hope she doesn’t have an affinity to bad boys like I did, I hope she always remembers to stick up for herself and say no when she means it, I hope she doesn’t shed too many tears over insignificant boys. I hope she learns how to throw a good punch.” The list goes on and on.
And then there was the whole business of having to tell her dad.
Mommy: “K has a crush on a boy.”
Daddy: “What? She’s only 9. She’s too young to have a crush on a boy. Who is this kid? How did this happen?”
M: “Zack. And apparently he’s the bee’s knees.”
D: “Oh please. He’s 9.”
M: “She said her friends try to get them to kiss at recess. It hasn’t happened yet.”
D: “Kiss? What is happening? She cannot be kissing boys.”
M: “She asked me when I had my first kiss.”
D: “Perfect. What did you tell her?”
M: “4th Grade.”
Mommy: “Don’t worry she’s not kissing Zack.”
Mommy: “But there is Trey. Trey likes football. He’s in 5th grade.”
Daddy: “Why are you laughing? This is not funny. Now I’m actually rooting for Zack.”
Daddy: “Any news on the Trey front? Does she like Zack again?”
Mommy: “No. They switched tables at school. She doesn’t like Trey anymore.”
D: “Phew. Crisis averted. She was too young to like boys anyway.”
D: “What do you mean, Carson?”
M: “She has a crush on Carson. Apparently he is much cuter than Trey.”
M: “Are you still there??
D: “I miss Zack.”
M: *Laughing* “It’s going to be a long ride.”