Monday, December 03, 2018

Puppy love

I am at the playground with Xena and her friends. All of them are about her age. One of them, Archie*, just can't hold his excitement back. "Xena! Aiden* has been writing love letters to you!" He exclaims. She continues swinging on the monkey bars.

Seeing absolutely no reaction on her face, he turns to me, "You know, Aiden is in love with her." Not knowing what to do/say, I smile and nod. Not satisfied with my reaction either, he turns to Aiden, "Tell her! Tell her today!" Aiden is obviously not ready to tell her yet, so he doesn't say anything.

Archie looks very disappointed with the world, full of such unreactive people. He turns to me again.

"You know, Kyle* also loves her?" He gives it one more shot.

"Oh, really?' I finally say.

"YES." He leans back on the slide, finally feeling validated.

It's getting dark and I tell Xena that it's time to go home. "Bye," she says to everyone.

Aiden starts walking with us. "Xena, I have to tell you something. I am in love with you."

Yep, he declares it right there, right in front of me. I approve of this boy.

Xena nods wisely. The boy doesn't ask or wait for a reply. You can tell he expects nothing. I approve of this boy more. We bid goodbye and part ways.

All this is new to me. I am not sure I am equipped to handle this. I feel old. I can't remember how my head worked when I was 7. Should I ignore this as child's play? Should I talk about it? I decide to be Captain Obvious and simply repeat what we already know.

"So Xena, Aiden is in love with you. And Kyle too, according to Archie." I say casually as we walk home.

"No Mama, Aiden is in love with me. Kyle loves me. So it's okay."

"Oh okay. Are you in love with either of them?"


"Are you in love with anyone?"



"You and Daddy."

"Oh. All right, then."

*names changed to protect the identities of the kids, one of whom Xena might bring home to introduce to us one day, who knows


Nidhi said...

Sayesha posted! So the world has not come to an end!! *haha* :D
The post was melt-your-heart kinda cute!!!

And omg, am I worried or what??!! My daughter is already 6. Do they start exchanging love letters at 7. *mom-antennas gonna work at even higher intensity now* :)

Bubblegum inherhappyplace said...



It is too cute for the third party though! ;-)

BZ said...

Kindergarten had this oh this person loves this person etc, but in 2nd grade I don’t seem to hear such things.
I love how non chalant she is! Already knows what she wants ;—)

How do we know said...

Oh wow! Xena knows the difference between loves me and is in love with me. This girl is sorted in life.

Sayesha said...

LOL!! On a serious note, thanks for still having enough to come check on the blog. :) <3

//Do they start exchanging love letters at 7.
This postman is going to intercept all of them!


Hahaha yeah I was also amused as how non-chalant she was. :)

How do we know.
LOL! Sometimes I feel she's more sorted than I am. :|