I've told this story to several of my friends but it bears being immortalized in Blog Land!
About a week and a half ago Bryce came home on a Thursday afternoon off the bus. Patrick has Thursday's off so I don't have to go traipsing down to the bus stop on those days (yah!). Anyhow, we he came in the door, he says:
"Mom, I have something to tell you. And Dad, you need to leave the room and close your ears!"
Bryce is 6 3/4. Don't forget that 3/4 either! He'll be 7 in May so it's a big deal to be 3/4 of a year! :-)
So Patrick walks off in a little faux huff and I ask him:
"What's wrong honey?"
"Nothing. I just wanted to tell you about a girl on the bus that I like."
"Oh? Really? What's her name?"
"And is she in your class?"
"No, just on my bus. But she's in 1st grade too. Mom, I want to buy Alicia some flowers and give them to her on the bus."
Here's me thinking (quickly!).... can I let him do that? What if kids are allergic? What if she's allergic? What is she going to do with flowers all day long at school? But I say:
"Sure, honey. We can pick out some nice flowers for her on Sunday night and you can give them to her on Monday. Will that be OK?"
"Sure, Mom. They have to be purple flowers."
"OK, honey. Well you can pick them out for her. So tell me, what does she look like?"
"I don't know. She's got hair likes yours and she's nice."
"So why do you like her?"
Here it is.... Here's what a 6 3/4 year old boy thinks is CUTE in a 1st grader.! This is what he's basing his infatuation on...
"Oh Mom, she's so cool!! She's lost 10 teeth already!!"
Yup! That's my kid. So innocent, so cute! I dare not tell him her teeth will grow back! But I think he knows that.
So, we did buy Alicia flowers. And it worked out that I brought 3 flowers wrapped in a wet paper towel and then in a little plastic baggy to school on Tuesday when I volunteered. Bryce took them and gave them to her on the bus on the way home. That way they were still in great condition.
When he got off the bus that day, sure enough there was a little curly headed blond girl with a toothless smile waving at me! She was cute!