Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today my daughter arrived home from school and announced that she has a boyfriend. The following conversation ensued:
Me: Umm, what?
Ben: It's Tyler K.
Maggie: I didn't even know he made me his girlfriend. He just did it, and I didn't know. He has two. He really loves girls.
Me: Umm, what?
Maggie: He just loves so many people.
Me: You can't have a boyfriend. You're not allowed.
Maggie: Why?
Me: Because you're a little girl.
Ben: Don't worry, Maggie. She won't even let me have one, and I'm in third grade.
Maggie: Who do you want?
Ben: I'm not telling.
Maggie: Is it a boyfriend or a girlfriend?
Ben: Boys don't marry boys.
Maggie: Why not?
Me: No one is having boyfriends or girlfriends. The end.

I feel like it's too young to introduce the gay marriage debate. I feel like it's too young for boyfriends and girlfriends. This is said a little tongue in cheek since my first 'boyfriend' was in the third grade. Joey Ryman...or Joey Cook. He had two last names. I'm not sure what his legal name status was during our brief tenure as a couple. He bought me a little bear tin at the Medway Festival with his tickets. My mom still puts it out at Valentine's Day. I don't think she knows its origin.

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