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Young Love: My Daughter's First Crush

It was inevitable – my daughter’s first crush. I didn’t really expect it to come so soon, though – isn’t 5 a bit young?

It was inevitable: My daughter’s first crush. I didn’t really expect it to come so soon, though...isn’t barely 5 a bit young? Well apparently not, especially since my daughter has known the little guy her entire life, and they are only two months apart in age.

Little Man has been our neighbor since birth and our kids have been in school together since they were 1. Little Man’s mom and I marvel at the fact that even in a classroom with other girls and boys who they both knew, our kids gravitated towards each other, out of comfort and connection. When they were carpooling to school, their conversations resembled that of an old, married couple:

HIM: “I had a hot dog for dinner last night”

HER: “No, you didn’t”

HIM: “Yes, I did”

HER: “No, you didn’t”

HIM: “MOOOM! Tell her I had a hot dog for dinner last night!”

This summer, they are at the same camp and in the same group. Of course they chose each other as swim buddies and sit together on the bus ride to the pool (no surprise there). In the fall, they’ll start kindergarten together. Will they ever tire of one another? Do we even want them to?

Seeing a little first crush develop is so sweet. Hearing how my daughter inserts his name into conversations and seeing her drawings with his name on family pictures (our family of 4 turned into a family of 5 in a recent picture) is heartwarming. Even listening to their bickering can be funny knowing it’s coming from 5-year olds who sound like they've been married for 35 years.

No doubt there will come a time when they’ll go their separate ways: Little Man will want to play with the boys and my daughter will want to dress up like a princess with her girlfriends...

But, in the meantime, observing this cute little crush is a great reminder of how wonderful and sweet a first little love can be.

Did your kids have a first crush? If so, how long did it last? Share your stories here!

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Katie Ryan O'Connor July 01, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Hi Lauren, Thank you for writing this! So cute!
Lisa Buchman July 01, 2012 at 11:53 AM
It's interesting to watch who your children gravitate to—and what types of personalities to which they're drawn. I've seen some of my kids' friends both complement and overshadow their own qualities. Though they're only 7 and almost-10, some of their preschool pals remain the closest. Thanks Emily for sharing that—how many of us can count gradeschool friends amongst our adult circle? That sort of history is glue.
Caroline Adams July 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Why are people so mean to bloggers?? Stop reading if the blog irritates you! Seriously.
Stephanie July 03, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I think they are adorable!! Very cute story. :-)
Missy July 03, 2012 at 05:31 AM
where are these brazen remarks, I feel cheated, can't find them (

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