Look, I realize that I have a problem which is the first step to correcting it. I'll even go as far to say that I'm not as bad as I once was. However, I still think that kids need to be kids and focus on that grown up stuff later in life.
This weekend I really wanted to see my god kids. I try to make it a point these days to spend some time with them at least once a month, but because I was transitioning to a new job, my schedule has been crazy as of late. So, I took advantage of some free time and decided to spend the day with them. My god son is 11 and my god daughter is 7.
We decide to get breakfast at Cracker Barrel and although I don't remember how the subject came up, my god son mentioned to me that his little sister had a boyfriend. Of course, I thought that it was a joke, so I just laughed. Then my god daughter said, "No, I have two boyfriends."
Two? As in 1+1? Wait. Surely she means SpongeBob and Big Bird, right? Oh, how I wish that were true. No, she meant some boy in her school and some kid who used to be in her school who now lives in Nashville. I really didn't know what to say. The girl who I wanted to stay single until at least 38 years old actually uses the term "boyfriend"? I wasn't ready. I thought that I had another five years at least. I guess that's not how this new generation works.
So, instead of alienating her in the future I'll have to adapt. I'll have to be more accepting of the fact that kids are doing things 10x faster than when I was their age. I'll still keep a close eye, but I won't go 'Liam Neeson' on a dude for trying to get her phone number.
I think I passed my first test on yesterday when I attended a birthday party. My lady's daughter recently turned 14 and she had a gathering at a local restaurant to celebrate with her friends. One of her friends is a boy who I was told happened to be her ex-boyfriend. Well, now this ex is her "best friend" which could mean anything coming from a teen. But, I didn't give the boy the "Al Bundy treatment" or anything. I was cordial with him and through a brief conversation discovered that I actually kind of liked the kid.
That is until he shows up in the near future at some other event. Yes, my protectiveness extends to my lady's kids, too. Despite the lack of matching DNA, I treat them as my own. As for my god daughter, I know her father will keep an eye on her, so I'll just continue to play my role as godfather and report to him when necessary. The one thing that I do feel comfortable about is that when my god daughter saw a James Bond poster in my man cave from the movie, "Dr. No," she described a woman on the poster as "nasty" and "naked."
Ah, how refreshing to know that there's still some innocence left! "That's right, pumpkin. That woman is 'nasty' for wearing that." (smirks)
What do you think is a reasonable age for the average child to start dating?