As the song goes. Over the years both boys’ have been both funny and insightful about the world of dating and relationships. I will never forget a time when older boy aged five looked particularly confused, when I asked him what was wrong, he said that he didn’t know whether he wanted to marry someone or just live with someone. I wasn’t sure what to say, other than not to worry as he didn’t need to decide yet as he was only five.
As I have said before, when it comes to charm school (and I for one think charm does come into it when relating to the opposite sex), I am in the process of trying to get my money back. I remember on one occasion not so long ago telling older boy, that if he wanted to get ahead with girls, he needed to start treating women properly, starting with his Mother. Sadly this has not been adhered to, but I know that there has been some romance on the cards. Older boy like most of us at his stagen of life chooses to keep matters of the heart under his hat, in fact I recently heard him saying to a friend over XBox live that he wasn’t going to tell his Mum and Dad until he is in a serious relationship.
Younger boy on the other hand wears his heart on his sleeve and appears to have been in love with the same girl for the past two years, quite a mean feat when he is only seven. He has even gone as far as to find out which high school this special girl will be attending, so that he can attend the same one. I don’t say too much about it, after all he is only seven and has the rest of his life to learn that life changes and people move on. let him keep his head in the clouds for a while longer. Older boy in a typically older brotherly way takes a harder approach, he has asked younger boy what happens if this girl turns out to be a gangster, drug dealer or worse still a murderer. I discouraged this approach, whilst reminding older boy who clearly thinks he rules the world, that he has plenty to learn himself. Older boy proved this to be even more true than I thought when he said that you shouldn’t even think about living with somebody until you are in year 11.
The bottom line – hopefully I don’t need to worry about being a Mother in Law anytime soon. Also, I might just be able to teach the boys a thing or too about reality. Until then, I will wait for my refund from charm school.