Friday, January 26, 2007

A little too young to date?

A “my kid” funny from today:

We have a CD that I burned last April after I was surprised at a writing retreat with friends by how much fun I had listening to my friend Dee's fabulous mix of music on her computer. I included "bouncy" music since I only listen in the car, and that's what CEK likes. So we have a lot of Lone Star, Clint Black, Toby Keith, Shania Twain, etc. We haven't listened in a while, but after hitting the wall with the Mei Mei DVD, I put it in and -- thankfully! -- CC loves it. Yay! A change of tunes!

Today, we were taking turns choosing a song to listen to. This is necessary because Chenchen loves “Wanna Talk About Me” by Toby Keith, and would listen to it ad nauseum. It was CEK's turn, and she'd picked Shania’s “Any Man of Mine.”

So. She starts asking me “what’s she saying, mommy?” I dutifully recite the lines (Any man of mine, better walk the line, better show me a pleasing, teasing, squeezing kind of time ...) Very rote. Very non-explanatory.

She says, “but what’s she SAYING?” which I finally interpret as “what the heck does that mean, anyway?”

Oh. Well, honey, she’s talking about the kind of guy she’d be willing to have for a boyfriend. He has to be faithful to her and give her lots of hugs.


But that's not enough for my kiddo. She inquires more. For some reason — I have no clue why, perhaps because I have too many historicals in my RITA pile — I explained further that she’s describing the kind of guy she’d let "court" her. Uh-huh. What’s “courting?” I explain briefly, ending with, “but you don’t have to worry about dating until much later. Like when you’re 16.”

And she says: “But Mommy, I’m worrying about it NOW.”

ba-dum ching! (Her dad will be so thrilled to hear that!)


Tori Lennox said...

Five going on twenty. :)

Julie Kenner said...

It is so the truth ...