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They just kissed, you guys.

Henry comes home almost every day with a book he's written. My kid is prolific. He puts me to shame. Anyway, the other day he came home with a book that, he said, made him "the most famous kid in my class." Because it contained ROMANCE.





This love scene occurred immediately after the girl saved the boy from plummeting off a cliff. Obviously, after that kind of shock, some kissing is in order.

What I love most about this is it shows the lead-up, and the aftermath. For the actual kissing, you'll have to use your imagination. Because no one wants to see that. No one.

It reminds me of when my brother and I tried to figure out how TV actors were pretending to kiss, because obviously they weren't really kissing. How did they hide the thin screen that was keeping them safe from awful person-to-person lip contact?

Reader Comments (43)

Ewww kissing! Hah, cute story.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne Breaux
Wait. He's how old?
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLPC
That is so cute! The best sex scenes in books and on screen never have any actual sex. He's a renassaince man (pardon my spelling).
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen@IslandRoar
I agree with others---huge kudos to Henry for making the girl the hero of the story!!! I think his picture also is insinuating that the girl was the one who made the first move.This is a testament to your great parenting skills!! You've taught him womens lib at a young age! Great work!
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkaylen
Hear, hear. There is something to be said about such subtlety. Hip-hop producers could learn a whole lot from Henry.
I think my ovaries just burst into tears.

The best part is the language. "They just kissed." Writers preach "you must show, not tell" but there are exceptions to that rule, especially in good storytelling. The moment of the kiss doesn't matter; it's what leads to the kiss and what happens after that matters in a real love story. The kiss is what adults need to see in order to believe the story is real, kids just need to see the heart.

I know, cheesy. Whatever. I don't care.

And I didn't really cry, my eyes just got drippy for, like, a second.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQuinnK
Girl saves boy? Fantastic. You're clearly doing something right. Henry appears to have great perspective.
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaily Cup of Jo
That Henry is a sly dog. Letting the girl save him so he can swipe a smooch...

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig K
Please make this into Valentine's Day cards and send them to everyone next year. ADORABLE.
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramber
This is just totally made my day - awesome! And? I totally used to wonder how actors and actresses did SUCH a good job of fake kissing, b/c there was no way they were actually touching...I assumed it was all CGI (still do, sort of).
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica V.
I always wondered the same thing about actors kissing. OBVIOUSLY they had fake lips!!!

March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey Petersen
YESSS!!! Can I just say, I am a little smitten with your son. Y'know, just a little.

When I was in a high school play when I was in elementary school (they needed a little girl for one part), I was absolutely shocked that they kissed for real on stage! I remember the leading man (who was probably all of 17) had to kiss a girl who was not his girlfriend, while his girlfriend watched from backstage. At the time, I thought it was the most scandalous thing that ever happened in the world, ever. Ever.
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat
Kids often amuse me with their childish yet creative imagination. It never fails to make me smile every time I remember my conversations with my young nephews and nieces. For sure you always have great time with your kiddo!
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Nerdy comment: when getting my M.Ed, I took a Child Art Development class and learned all of the stages a child blah blahs...

Bottom line: Henry is pretty far advanced. It's not until much much later in cognitive development that the young artist will switch perspectives, such as showing the back of a head. I've never seen that, and as a former teacher, I've seen many, many drawings by all different age levels. WOW.
March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
He should write screen plays. No one needs to see what goes on behind closed doors... the real love story is what got them to there
March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee
OH ME TOO!!! I totally tried to figure out how they were FAKING the KISSING! No one could possibly get paid enough to KISS someone!!
April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSwistle
Omigosh... the heart-shaped period slayed me. What a little cutie.
April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWombat Central

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