Psst... I have a crush on you.

Parents Canada - - Editor’s Letter - Amy Bielby, Edi­tor

I can re­mem­ber my first crush like it was yes­ter­day (it was ac­tu­ally 33 years ago). His name was David and he was a blond cu­tie with blue eyes and a charm­ing smile. We were in ju­nior kinder­garten and dur­ing snack time we would spread our tow­els on the floor be­side one an­other and gaze into each other’s eyes. I am not jok­ing when I say this ac­tu­ally hap­pened. I can still re­mem­ber the but­ter­flies.

My teach­ers told my par­ents that even they could see it – the way we would play and tease and smile. When I look back on it, I won­der if he re­ally was my first love. It sure felt like it.

My daugh­ter has sworn me to se­crecy when it comes to her boyfriends and crushes. As a se­nior kinder­gartener, she ap­par­ently has a line of suit­ors. One boy, in par­tic­u­lar (who shall re­main name­less), causes her to blush and gig­gle like, well, a school­girl.

I go back and forth on this. On one hand, it’s adorable as all heck and I love to see her smile when she says his name. On the other hand, I want to tell her that she has plenty of time for crushes and puppy love. So I fol­low her lead. Some days, she doesn’t want to dis­cuss him. On other days, she hap­pily tells me that she will marry him when she grows up. If she ap­pears to be an­noyed or em­bar­rassed, I stop the ro­mance talk.

How­ever, the other day, I couldn’t help it; I busted out the “Eleanor and ‘boyfriend’, sit­ting in a tree...” She had never heard that song be­fore. She cov­ered my mouth so I couldn’t fin­ish the lyrics, but then her face went red, her eyes lit up, and she said, “OK! Say it!” She put her hands over her ex­cited face as I sang the rhyme from start to fin­ish. Not gonna lie, she seemed pretty pleased.

This, I am sure, is just the be­gin­ning. There will be more crushes to come, first love, first breakup, and all the drama that hap­pens in be­tween. I will ad­mit that I am look­ing for­ward to it. Love cer­tainly is a roller coaster, but I’m ex­cited to see her find that spe­cial some­one and en­joy the ride.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram at @amy­lynn­bielby

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