I was just cleaning Joshua’s room, and I found a piece of notebook paper folded in eighths.Â Now, as a former middle school girl myself, I know what a piece of notebook paper folded in eighths is: that’s a note right there, folks.
Not a note in the “can I borrow your social studies notes, I nodded off in class again” sense, but a note in the “do you like me, check yes or no” sense.
So being a sensible mom (mostly) I opened that puppy up and read it.Â Yup.Â A “do you like me” note from a fifth grader.Â Not only is Mr. Stud Puppy attracting the attention of girls, he’s attracting the attention of older girls.Â Older girls who can’t spell “fourth” and are weak in punctuation skills, but older girls nonetheless.Â Older girls who wear lipstick (or at least tinted gloss) apparently, as well.
So I wandered my low-key mom self back into the living room, and just sorta waved the open note in Joshua’s general direction.Â He literally fell off the couch.
“No! No, no, no, no, nooooooooo…”
So I tried to explain to him that I wasn’t upset, I just wanted to talk about it.Â He clammed up like… well, like a clam.Â I told him I wasn’t going to tease him.Â I told him that I wasn’t upset that girls thought he was cute–he is cute, and smart and funny (that got a smile from him).Â But I do get upset if there is anything that he feels like he can’t talk to me about.
I also mentioned that as his mom, I will always ask him questions about his personal life that he doesn’t particularly want to answer.
And I mentioned that the more he acts secretive, it is my motherly duty to snoop more to compensate.
And I finished off with a comment that if I hadn’t had to clean his room, I wouldn’t have run across the note.
Alrighty, folks.Â If anybody has any suggestions, I’m totally open.