My Three-Year Old Blushing Bride

by doodaddy on April 28, 2009

Among the many milestones that Boo achieved while I was busy feeding the baby this month: she now tells me she has a boyfriend.

20090418-059 Strictly speaking, it’s not my daughter in the relationship; she was being possessed by her imaginary friend Petey at the time. And since the boyfriend she named is also fictional, I shouldn’t have much to worry about — except that she told me that she didn’t like her last boyfriend anymore.

Her last boyfriend? How many others have there been? Maybe I need to start spying on her e-mail.

I swear, Boo’s getting this stuff from some astral source, because I can’t think of the last time the word “boyfriend” was even used in our house. (In my presence, anyway.) We don’t know many teenagers, Boo doesn’t watch adult TV, and her subscription to CosmoGirl ran out months ago. Whence, then, the precocious romantic sense?

However she’s getting the story, it has come through incompletely; at the same time she boasts of boyfriends, she hates the thought of marrying one. She usually tells me that she plans to marry Emmeline, Emily, Isabella, her sister, and a couple other friends. And, at least once, Barack Obama. And they’ll all be married at the same time.

I don’t know if it’s Boo’s aging or my distraction, but somehow, I’m a lot less in tune with the inner workings of my daughter’s mind than I once was. And if that’s the case when she’s only 3, what can I expect when she’s 12?

No wonder teenagers think their parents are oblivious: my mental oblivion has already taken hold.

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Nan April 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Awwwww! Someone at the playground must have said something. My eleven-year-old gets all tongue-tied and blushing around a certain girl, and I think it’s SO funny. I wish I could blog about it, but they are getting to that age where I can no longer use them as muses!


doodaddy April 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm

@Nan – There is such an age? I’m not planning on stopping!


Super Mega Dad April 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Might want to check her FaceBook and MySpace pages as well. You know these kids and their MySpace thingeys!

Oh, and make sure she doesn’t have the DVR set to record Guiding Light everyday. Maybe she’s getting some new words from there. These 3 year olds are much smarter these days than they look! 🙂


doodaddy April 28, 2009 at 9:40 pm

@Super Mega Dad – Especially since we don’t own a DVR! Maybe she’s hiding it under the potty chair; I avoid that spot like the plague.


OM April 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I want to marry Obama too! That’s perfectly normal.


doodaddy April 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm

@OM – OMG, OM, I agree. I’d bear his children, any day.


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