The past few weeks we've had a little pre-school romance blooming, cooling off and back again.
One day I asked Sam who his friends in class were. He replied, "Alex is my girlfriend." Alex is a girl, and he's been in class with her for 2 years.
I sort of let it drop. Then one day I was tucking him into bed and he said, "Alex isn't my girlfriend anymore. She's Tanju's." Tanju is a boy in his class.
I sort of teased him a little, as you do... "So are you sad? Did she dump you?"
Sam: "Yes, she's Tanju's now."
Me: "Well, you'll just have to win her back!"
Then the next school day he got in the car after school. "Mom, I couldn't win Alex back. I just couldn't."
Me: "Oh that's okay, you can be footloose and fancy free!"
Sam: "Yeah..." Like he knows what that means.
Then yesterday, his teacher put him in the car and said, "Alex told me today she was going to marry Sam, but he spent all day holding hands with Alina."
So, of course, I quizzed him about this. "So Sam, is Alina your girlfriend now?"
Sam: "No mom, she's just my friend."
Me: "Well Ms. Lynn said Alex wants to marry you."
Sam: Starts crying.... "Mom, I don't want to get married! I'm only 3!"