While the birds and bees are busy buzzing around the countryside reminding us all of springtime flings hither and yon, I am drawn to listen carefully to conversations about kissing and puberty and other such exciting topics for mothers to eavesdrop in on. Nature is not the only expression of growing up and falling in love. Apparently, children also do grow up too.
How sad, and yet, oh how necessary!
This little story made me laugh, but yet still want to cry at the same time. The other day, it happened that a few of our kindergartners and Grade 1 students were found kissing each other outside during second recess. I felt it necessary to drive home a valuable and totally worthwhile lesson to my own class of kindergarten students on how kissing is inappropriate for kindergartners or any school-aged child, for that matter, to be doing on the playground. The minute you think you’ve nailed it, and done a bang-up job telling them what’s what, one little girl pipes up, “Mrs. Gard, I know who has a crush on your daughter Sarah!!!” Talk about killing me softly. My daughter is in Grade 2! I am not ready for boyfriends…kissing kindergartners is enough to throw me over the brink! Let alone my own daughter possibly having a secret admirer.