Young Love

Joseph’s in the middle of a kindergarten love triangle. Actually, it’s more like a love square.

On the first day at his new school he came home and informed me he had a girlfriend.

“Well, that was fast,” I commented.

He sighed. “I don’t want her to be my girlfriend. I don’t even know her name!”

“What happened?” I asked, all ears.

“She walked up to me and said I was now her boyfriend and then gave me a hug. So I ran away.”

Every week, Joseph comes home with more stories about his “girlfriend”. She has three other boyfriends who are all Joseph’s best friends. She chases after them and is, according to Joseph, “scary”. Joseph’s solution to the problem is to form an army of boys to keep her – and the other girls – from catching them.

I’m curious how that one is going to work out.

I finally caught a glimpse of the little miss. From Joseph’s descriptions, I expected a tall, fast zombie. What I saw was an olive skinned little blonde no taller than Joseph’s shoulder. Her long, straight hair was pulled into two pigtails and she was wearing a pair of polka dot leggings and a pink skirt.

She didn’t seem very scary to me. Then again, I’m not a five-year-old boy.

I’ve found all of this childish drama fascinating. I know it’s the precursor to first heartbreaks, first dates, first kisses, and on another level, understanding how to operate in a sticky social situation.

It’s also teaching Joseph how to run faster.

Has your child been part of a kindergarten love triangle?