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Thursday
Mar062008

Lock up your daughters

Yesterday was School Picture Day, and Henry looked, if he did say so himself, particularly dashing. On the walk home from school we walked part of the way with a girl from his class. While Charlie peed on every un-peed-upon leaf, I heard her saying to him, "You are handsome in that yellow shirt, Henry. You look so handsome today." Henry nodded and gave her a half-smile as he walked and she skipped in circles around him. Her mom said to me, "She talks about Henry all the time." "That's so sweet," I said, and struggled to remember if he had ever mentioned her before.

As we parted ways, the girl cried out one last time, "You look really handsome, Henry!" He didn't even glance at her as we crossed the street. "Aren't you going to say goodbye?" I asked him. He thought for a second, then turned around and shouted, "You looked really beautiful today!"

A moment later I looked back, and she was still standing there, beaming and waving as he walked away.

Reader Comments (64)

That kid is a pip.
March 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVelma
I just melted into a puddle. Oh the girls are in trouble.
March 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJules
smooth operator.

one of my nephews was a particularly precious child, and little girls used to give him their phone numbers. eventually, the had to sit him with a protective barrier of little boys around him because the girls wouldn't pay attention in class.
March 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersmackdown
She will probably remember this for the rest of her life!
March 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTootsie Farklepants
Honestly, why are five year old boys so adorable? I want one now. :(
March 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Playing hard to get works so young. She should try it on him.
March 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterManic Mommy
She is officially locked up. That is far too much cuteness!
March 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBurgh Baby's Mom
Wow. No wonder we girls are at such a disadvantage: we just ADORE boys, from the get-go. Thank goodness Henry accepts it with such chivalrous charm. Your tales of Henry make me eager for age 5, I must say. I want to watch Hal Holbrook instead of Cinderella just once, puh-lease.
March 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSus
thatta boy!

Declan often tells me that my outfit looks nice, or I look pretty on a particular day, or whatever. Much more often than my hubby. Sniff sniff, I love that kid.
March 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAimee Greeblemonkey
I was catching up on some of your older posts, and came across the one about the creepy horse from Toys R Us. My sister has this horse!! I almost died laughing. Her friend discovered that you can push one of its ears repeatedly, so that eventually the perverted horse will be chanting "Hymen, hymen, hymen, hymen. I like it when you brush me." You should try it. Then follow it up by teaching your son to say Hymen. I figure, he apparently already has vagina down, why not get to the nitty gritty.
March 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
I was catching up on some of your older posts, and came across the one about the creepy horse from Toys R Us. My sister has this horse!! I almost died laughing. Her friend discovered that you can push one of its ears repeatedly, so that eventually the perverted horse will be chanting "Hymen, hymen, hymen, hymen. I like it when you brush me." You should try it. Then follow it up by teaching your son to say Hymen. I figure, he apparently already has vagina down, why not get to the nitty gritty.
March 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
I think the little girl was rather sweet, and quite persistent despite no return of compliment. I want to give her a big hug and tell her sometimes it is worth it to work so hard, sometimes not.
March 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramelia
ugh. that broke my heart...

tell henry he did the right thing telling her she looked beautiful.
March 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpunchanella
That is so lovely.When my son was about that age he wrote a letter of proposal to a girl from his kindergarten class. On Valentine's Day. It opened with: "My love Clare," and ended, improbably enough, with "Good day and good morrow."Now he is seven and part of a club at school that doesn't allow girls to join. Enjoy five while it lasts.
March 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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