Last night, Janet needed to hit the grocery store and Target, so I stayed home and played with the kids. We hung some more stuff on the tree, made dinner together and watched a SpongeBob. After a rollicking bath, we read books and they went to bed. Now, when I lay in bed with each of my chilluns, I try to bond a little before shutting the light off and slipping out of the room. "What did you work on today at school?" or, "Who did you play with?" are just a couple of the FAQs.
But, I never get anything "juicy" during these moments -- until now.
I'm lying face-to-face with my 4-year-old daughter, and she's being her normal, tight-lipped self when asked questions about her day. "No, nothing" is her favorite response. God forbid she tells me what letters or numbers she worked on. And after I approach the subject several different ways, I give up. "Okay, give Daddy a kiss good night, and I'll go."
And then she drops the bomb: "Daddy, there's no kissing in the classroom."
"What? There's no kissing in class? Who told you that and why?" I inquired.
"Miss Shannon," she said.
"Why would Miss Shannon tell you that?"
I was afraid to ask.
"Daddy, Malakai is my boyfriend," she giggled.
Someone may as well have planted a steel-toed boot in my gut. I nearly puked.
"Malakai is your boyfriend?" I carefully continued, "Did he kiss you?"
"Yes," she sweetly said. (A second, much harder boot, slams my lower intestinal tract.)
"Did you kiss him?" I asked.
My head was spinning. I was poisoned and just needed to get up and out of the room or I was going to die in there. I gave her a quick peck on the forehead and said good night. Trying not to make a big deal out of it, I left the room with a smile.
Now, where the hell did I go wrong?
Although I can vividly remember kissing Lori Kleveeter when I was just 5years old, I do NOT remember giving my sweet daughter permission to have emotions, curiosity or …Read more...