Are you sure you're only five?? - A Movement In Time And Space
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priyabradfield
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Are you sure you're only five??
The kids in Maya's class are assigned different days as their Show-and-Tell days. Maya's turn is Wednesdays. This week's theme was favorite pets and they were asked to bring in their favorite pet (not real). Maya took in two since she couldn't decide: a cat and a lizard (what is it with my kids and lizards?!). After she got home today, she said excitedly to me, "All the boys LOVED my lizard!"

Uh oh. Warning bells in my head started going off.

"Oh?" I said. "Only the boys?"

"Yeah, they all went "WHOA!" when I showed it to the class!"

"That's cool!" I said and let it go at that. I should have asked her what the girls thought, but it obviously wasn't as important as what the BOYS thought.

Now, these are the same boys who sometimes make Maya cry. Like the other day, when she said that one of the boys was calling her "baby" and saying her name in a baby voice on the busride home. She was almost in tears until I pointed out that SHE wasn't the one talking in a baby voice. She got this "OH YEAH!" look on her face and said, "That means HE'S the baby, not me!!" "That's right, Maya, you tell him that next time, ok?" "OK!"

But then the next day, she tells me that this same kid kissed her on the cheek and they've decided to marry. WTF?! And when I said in an incredulous voice, "But you always tell me that he's mean to you and that you don't like him and that you fight?!", my amazingly-observant daughter said, "But married people can fight and still be married, Mom!"

Well, duh!

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gnotobiotically From: gnotobiotically Date: January 25th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, well yet another post by Priya that I laughed my head off the entire way through!

Between Nadia's baby and Maya's boy troubles and engagement, your house is like a soap afterall!
When Chris is away...
Hehe
sammykate From: sammykate Date: January 25th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad she cleared up that fighting issue for me. So, Shane and I don't need to get divorced. Whew! I can't imagine who else would marry us if we did.
xpapergirl From: xpapergirl Date: January 25th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMGoodness! Sounds like a day at my house...
From: gabbytheguy Date: January 25th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
She's observant, I'll give you that!

If my tummy didn't ache so much I'd be laughing my sides off!
manda_kitty From: manda_kitty Date: January 25th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol. so cute!
minminminminnie From: minminminminnie Date: January 26th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, precocious children! Reminds me of when I was in kindergarten... I dared boys to kiss me. On the cheek, of course, haha.
wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: January 26th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG That is hilarious, precious, and heartbreaking all at the same time!

Didn't parents always say that when a boy teases a girl, it's because he likes her? I guess it's true!

(P.S. Tell Maya that while married people do fight, they shouldn't be intentionally mean to each other...so she should train her fiance to be nicer now so she doesn't have to slap him silly later.)
io_storm From: io_storm Date: January 26th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aye. Boys at that age was a huge mystery to me.

But since I've been studying child psychology and the influences from my own childhood, I notice that boys think the only way to be able to talk to a girl and *somehow* manage to look "good" infront of their friends is to tease them. It gives them an excuse to be near the one they have this fuzzy feeling fer and look "cool".

Some guys never out grow this. O_O Thus is why I've found a use fer crowbars.

You're an awesome mum, btw. >P
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 29th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're an awesome mum, btw.

Aww, thank you. :-)
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: January 26th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
She's certainly got a healthy concept of herself as a girl. When I was a kid I used to think, act and play like I was just one of the boys. And when I was an adolescent I had so much trauma from my body development... I haven't yet gotten over that trauma.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 26th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to think that she was going to be a tomboy. All through preschool, she was the only girl outside running around playing superheroes with all the boys. She's always been accepted by the boys and someone they could run around with. Although, now that I think about it, she was always batGIRL or superGIRL. LOL Even then though, she had a little boy picking on her a lot - turned out that he had the biggest crush on her and his mom told me that he would talk about her incessantly!

I like the fact that the boys have crushes on her, but so far, she hasn't seemed to develop one for any of the boys. I think that Chris is especially happy about that as well. :-) I'd rather her be the heartbreaker and not the heartbreakee.
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