This was sent to me by a friend:
okay…have you ever asked a kid between the ages of 5 and 10 whether they have a boyfriend/girlfriend? if not, try it some time (I have..it is as hilarious as this story!). i have done this with several of the kids i babysit for, and, most recently, my 8-and-a-half-year-old cousin. the conversation is always the same, and it goes something like this (spot on!):
me: ben, do you have a girlfriend?
me: really? what’s her name?
me: how do you know her?
ben: she’s in my class.
me: that’s awesome. do you guys hang out a lot?
ben: nope. not at all.
me: what do you mean? you’ve never had a playdate with her before?
me: but she’s your girlfriend?
me: does she KNOW she’s your girlfriend?
me: you’ve never…mentioned this to her?
me: but she’s your girlfriend.
wouldn’t that be great, if we could just pick someone and DECIDE, without their consent, that they were our significant other? i am fascinated by the world of elementary school children in which this is possible.
It so would! So, Bradley Cooper, heads up! We’re engaged!