Preschool crush plants a kiss. “Isn’t that cute?!” Mom takes a picture.
Grade school crush writes a note. Revelation: someone likes you. Mom smiles.
Middle school crush messes with your self-esteem. Why and why not? Mom worries.
High school crush introduces adult intimacy. Are there rules? Mom intervenes.
College crush invites self-exploration. What if? Mom doesn’t know.
Post-college crush proposes solid possibilities. What will I choose for myself?
Mom leaves it up to you and breathes relief.
The afterglow: 5 couples around the table, relaxed adult conversation. “Isn’t this nice?!”
Mom takes a picture.
It must be so hard to go through this progression with your children–the whole art of letting go and trusting them.
Quite a learning curve, I must say.