Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The birds and the bees

It's that time of year, when all the critters get twitterpated.

There is a little girl at school who has a crush on Spence. Now don't get me wrong, I think he is totally crush-worthy. He's brilliant, handsome, funny, and kind. What's not to like?

But it appears her mother is getting a little crazy about the whole thing. We went out for dinner a couple of weeks ago, her family and ours. Then we attended the kids' play performance at school. It was fine -- a casual night out, no big deal. The other mom took a couple of pictures of the two of them together but I thought nothing of it.

Then I hear that she is calling my first grader her daughter's BOYFRIEND? Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?


Now lest anyone think that I am overreacting, I submit to you the story of Stella.

Evan went out for dinner with her family for Stella's birthday, at her request. And they were first graders. I even bought a wrist corsage for him to give her. It was sweet. But at no time did the mom act like it was anything more than a cute little first grade crush and when we talked she was a reasonable human being. At no time did she utter the word "Boyfriend."

I am putting this here because my blog isn't totally out yet and I can bitch here in relative anonymity.

And yesterday I went to school where my son was visibly upset because this little girl and her friends chased him all over the playground. Why? He wasn't really sure -- maybe if she caught him she was going to kiss him? It's all very confusing and frustrating. I caught her on the playground at break and told her Spence had been upset earlier and asked (very nicely, I might add) if she could stop chasing him on the playground because, while he does want to be her friend, he does NOT want her to chase him.

There was no chasing today, apparently. Let's hope it stays that way to the end of school and that she finds another crush over the summer. The little girl isn't so bad, but I do think it's a little much for the parental units to put so much emphasis on boyfriend/girlfriend relationships at this age. Don't we have lots of time for this stuff later? Let's just let kids be kids, please.


  1. The wee one might not realize what that word entails. She might be lacking in the home training department. :)

  2. I agree with Teresa. Somebody's telling somebody how it works but one of those people is to young and one of those people is too immature.

    Now I grasp your fb status!

  3. I'll admit I was totally boy-crazy from about age 4+. I used to chase the boys all over the playground too! It wasn't a big deal, I never kissed any of them. But then again I had boys chasing me too....

  4. Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?...I haven't heard that in such a long time!
    My son is a second grader and has told me has had a girlfriend and even kissed her. Although I said WTH! I sat him down pronto and we had a little chat. I hope you have your speech ready for when your boys do start dating...I'm sure it's a fantastic one!