Yesterday, my daughter and I stopped by my friend’s house for a little visit after work. Our lives will forever be changed after what transpired there.
My friend is an Air Force veteran, and her husband is still active duty Air Force. In a few short months, they will PCS clear across the country. I will deeply miss my friend, but onto what happened.
They have a son, just six months older than my daughter. They met several years ago and their friendship has grown. Her son recently “discovered” and able to admit, he likes my daughter. This past Tuesday, he wrote her a letter, and last night, he gave it to her. Both of them were smiling ear-to-ear. She had to circle ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to something he had asked her…
“Do you want to be my girlfriend?”
Today his mom posted this on Facebook, as it’s a pretty special thing for us parents too; our children’s first crush (and with each other):
Last night a sweet, scared, boy gave this beautiful girl a note and she checked “girlfriend.” Her mom and I have known for years that this day would come, but sat back and waited for them to figure it out. We will go as a group to see Beauty and the Beast, and let them sit in front of us and spend time together. I am so sad that we will have to leave this family. But I am glad that she is his first “real girlfriend.” It seems like yesterday that they were sitting on the swings playing with chickens. It has been great to watch this sweet friendship bloom into something more.
Where did the time go that she is old enough to have a crush on someone? My baby is growing up. This will be her first time dealing with a PCSing family. She is a bit used to not having her Army brother around, but she hasn’t lost a close friend to a move yet.
Emails have been exchanged and phone calls are doable. If her brother moves back to his first house in a couple years, we’ll be able to visit him and our friends at the same time, as they will be in the same state.
Life brings so many special people into our lives. Some touch our hearts more than others. She’ll always remember the first boy who asked her to be his girlfriend.