The Boys, Part 1

 {by Dera of Casablanca}

I’m driving home from Fiona’s school when she asks me this in a soft voice:

Fiona:  “Mom?  Did you ever like a boy when you were my age?”

Me: (thinking, “I loved boys in the womb.  By seven, I was already over this dating thing and ready to settle down.”)

“Yeah, I think so.”

Fiona:  “Were you ever afraid that he didn’t like you back?”

Me: (thinking, “There was little to no fear in my approach.  Capture, seize, and conquer.  Much easier.”)

“Sure.  Is there a boy that you like?”

Fiona:  (silence)

I adjust the rear-view mirror, and see the reddest face smiling back at me.  I have my answer.

Me:  “It’s okay.  You don’t have to be embarrassed.  Is it someone I know?”

Fiona:  (nods with her face buried in her hands)

Me:  “Fiona, do I have to guess every boy in our lives or are you going to tell me?”

Fiona:  “I’ll give you a guess.”

Me:  ”A ‘hint’?”

Fiona:  ”Mmm hmmm.  

1.  He’s really smart.  
2.  He has curly hair.  
3.  His skin looks like your coffee.”

Neve:  “Oh, yeah.  So he’s from France?”

Fiona:  “Neve, shhh.  That’s not what France people look like.  He looks like he’s from Mexico except he’s not.  Maybe his grandma is from Mexico… (trailing off).”

(snapped back) “… and when he taught me how easy it is to count in one hundreds (100 + 100 = 200, 200 + 300 = 500, etc.), I remembered it.  I’ll always remember that.”  (So romantic.)

For the sake of their adorable little privacy, I won’t say his name.  But it’s a nice name.  And he is smart.  Like, he skipped a grade smart.  And he’s shy, like her.  And his skin does look like my coffee.  And even though I get a little queasy at the thought of my seven year old having these feelings already, I love that she chose him.

Most importantly, I love that she told me.

Neve: (snickering) “Fiona likes a boy.”

Me: “Oh, leave her alone.  It’s just a little seven year old crush.”

Fiona: (writing his name in the foggy car window) “No, mom.  It’s not a little crush.  It’s a huge crush.”

And there you have it.

Dera’s birds eye view of her family and transcription of their day to day life is nothing less than inspiring.
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27 Comments to “The Boys, Part 1”

  1. Bret Kylan says:

    I have read their dialog. It’s natural for them. It’s the symbol of friendship. Thanks for a good post.

    • Diane

      What a great way to do the O4Ls!! We just finished our last one for the year but now I am teptmed to put something together for the fun of it. It would be great to have one at the beginning of the school year and to put it together with some footage of the end of the year… a comparison of sorts for the year end review! The kids would love to watch themselves and see how much they have grown and advanced through the year.

  2. carol says:

    I love reading it.The conversation was natural for them.

  3. The Boys, Part 1, first crushes on the boy whose skin looks like coffee

  4. how heart-achingly beautiful. So glad I discovered BOTH storybleed and Casablanca: catching two pigeons with one stone!

    • dera says:

      you’re so sweet! thanks, lady.

    • Anes

      I understand that Fiona proabbly lacks a firm grasp on the amount of time needed to devote to daily things, but don’t you feel guilty denying her the attention/time she craves? Are you an “unschooler” because it gives you the free time/lack of structure that you crave? Or is it truly in the best interest of your children? As a long time reader of your blog, I find it interesting that your children are seeking structure and more scheduled environments despite you having immersed them in an “unschooling” atmosphere.

    • Julius

      All – Thank you for sharing your thuoghts on my OSF entry this week. I hope to be more consistent in support of this weekly meme in the future.Keith – There was another Black singer who published the song as well. I think his name was Brooks Benton.

    • Perla

      We had the same type of gathering at my mhtoer’s this year. We also made the decision that among the adults next year we are all pooling our money to donate to Heifer International. My brother, my mhtoer, and I all gave donations of geese, chicks and for the vegetarian’s bees.The children will still get gifts.I cannot agree with you more. I was spent from traveling a bit to visit the family, but these past few days have been pure bliss after all the excitement. I forgot what it felt like to put my feet up and read or play a game with the girls.Here’s to continued peace for you in the new year!

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  5. It is awesome conversation and I love reading it. I am excited to read the boys part 2…

  6. Galit Breen says:

    Ohmyheart, first crushes spotted in our children – by Casablanca on @StoryBleed

  7. Kamilla Lecher says:

    The Boys, Part 1 never fades.

  8. Kia Snite says:

    I enjoy reading the conversation in the boys part one. I will look for boys part two conversation.

  9. Heidi19 says:

    I love this post and i really enjoyed reading the conversation. Thanks for sharing this with us and i’m looking forward to read the boys part 2. Lol!

    • Seat

      What a wonderful snsahpot of Fiona’s week and her life. It’s great as a blogger to see her animated-her expression, how you and her interacted with the violin, hearing her explain the Hands-on equation. Actually even to hear Fiona’s voice after 18 months of fairly regularly following this blog is pretty nice.I particularly loved the ending.Thanks, JAcinda

    • Giuliane

      Hi Rashila The other great way to store family stuff (which I’ve only just thguoht of) is to keep a blog, it’s really easy to start a basic blogspot or wordpress blog and upload lots of photos to it. Fiona

    • Nashwa

      Heh Heh Heh Good one Brut! I agree, they make the most obnoxious sondus! I think if they made paw sized buttons so I COULD dial the pizza place I might feel differently about them ;) Luv the photo of Fiona laughing :D Waggin at ya,Roo

  10. Born27 says:

    Their conversation is so cool to read! Kinda cute.. I like the part 1 but I love the part 2! Thanks for posting this!

  11. DynnaLou says:

    Actually, this is the first time I have read about this kind of conversation and for me, I definitely enjoyed it.. Makes me want to have more kids soon..LOL..

  12. brein38 says:

    This kind of conversation is very interesting, I can’t wait to read the second part….

  13. jennifer says:

    I love reading and this one is lovely interesting, I will book mark this one and wait for the part 2… :)

    • Larisa

      Since I still haven’t sorted an acocnut yet I couldn’t leave a comment but could you pass on to Fiona that the hot tub photo looks mighty inviting from where I am on a cold winters day in New Zealand. Perhaps this weekend we will organise a trip to the local hot pools! jacinda

    • Bindha

      I know what it’s like, we live in a Mad House too and it’s often not so easy to find the time. We do most of the above, but there are big gaps when we don’t do anything for ages . so I’ve motveatid myself too to get back on the case Fiona

    • Herly

      Too bad! The least they could have got was a pizza after that! LOL! At least it was the back of our phone Fred chewed and we fixed it with duct tape….yes, duct tape! I don’t see that hainpepng with yours though. BOL!Have a great weekend!

    • cheap levitra

      Rick,Donating to a beginner woowrodker is a great idea. Take your idea a step further donate them to your local woowrodker’s club. The tools could be used to teach and pass on to new woowrodkers the techniques we have learned from a mentor, and your duplicate tool could possibly be used as a fundraising item, if the club may have too many duplicate tools of their own.Now, if any one has a duplicate Lie-Nielsen No. 8 Jointer Plane, please consider donating it to me!Craig

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