Jedi Academy, Class of 2022
This is a picture of my two kids visiting their friends. And there’s a GIRL in the picture! (We’ll call her Leia.)
But wait, don’t girls have cooties? My boys have listened in horrified fascination to their friends’ stories about Annoying Sisters. During kissing scenes on tv, the boys retch and cover their eyes and whimper, “You didn’t tell us this was a scary movie. Is it over yet?”
Leia is the exception.
My boys aren’t quite sure what to do with her. They like playing with her, but…she’s a girl! They love Star Wars and she loves Star Wars, and they love their DSs and she loves their DSs, and they love computer games and she loves computer games, but…she’s a girl! They’re conflicted.
A few months ago, when my oldest was saying something about “annoying girls,” I mentioned that he’ll grow up and marry one. He gave me that, “don’t remind me” hang-dog look. I told him that it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. “You don’t have to marry a girl you don’t like. It’ll be like Leia. She’ll be someone that you’re friends with and you’ll like her. You’ll want to marry her so you can hang out and have fun together.”
He didn’t say a word, just stared off into the distance, considering this revolutionary idea.
A few days ago, it occurred to me that my boys are more than old enough to have crushes on the little girls. I told my oldest that I remember having crushes on the little boys in school as far back as six years old. (We lived in England and his name was Frasier.) I told him that I’ve always wondered whether little boys got crushes, too, or if it was just the little girls. And I asked him, “Do you like any girls?” He said, “I dunno.”
I told him that I’ve wondered for decades whether or not little boys get crushes like little girls, and now that I finally have a little boy right here in front of me to ask, he says he doesn’t know! He cackled and refused to talk. I’m pretty sure that means he has crushes on the little girls. I guess. But who can tell with boys?!?