The First Young Love

The three-year-old beauty flapped her arms to express her urgency. “Put those away; he’s coming, he’s coming!” The mother smiled and followed orders. The tiny sweetie knew a remarkable young man and his family were about to arrive. She didn’t want him to spot the box containing her diapers. Accidents still happened, knowledge to be hidden from her first love.

Who was the object of her concern and admiration? My not quite six-year-old grandson, the heartthrob of her sister’s kindergarten class.

W met his classmate, the older sister, soon after moving to the new family home. This was their first in-person school experience. Herself a cutie, Maddie sent W a note before her at-home competitor knew of his existence. “I Luv yu,” she scrawled, along with a heart and Cupid’s arrow. Writing, reading, and spelling are new to these kids.

The youthful hero, one of two grandchild carriers of my DNA, is the real deal. He is tall, handsome, and charming. Moreover, my boy is an outgoing storyteller and knows his future profession: paleontologist.

The number of those smitten is growing, sending similar love notes taxing to the postal service. Now you know why the mail is late.

Unfortunately for his admirers, the young man’s mind is on dinosaurs, the extinct creatures of his intended full-time occupation. Live beings hold interest for this prospective scientist for playing, friendship, and nothing more. They are playmates, but not the Hugh Hefner kind.

W has no idea he is the talk of his youthful cohorts and their parents, but he doesn’t appear fazed by the frequent tender offerings from the captured hearts. I’m sure the unawareness of his charm makes him more appealing. Asked by his mom about his matrimonial future, he said he doesn’t ever intend to marry.

Yesterday I watched a video of Mr. Gorgeous making repeated climbs to the top of a pool slide, then giggling all the way down. The young man’s joy should be bottled. The only difficulty was that each of the slides caused his swim trunks to edge south. W’s dad reminded him to pull them up. Insubstantial hips didn’t block the downward drift. God help his fan club if they should discover him this way.

During summer days in safe residential neighborhoods, you might see colored chalk drawings on the sidewalk. Some of these could be the handiwork of female children like those who dream of my oldest grandson. They display many hearts, rainbows, and good wishes.

Lucky adults like me remember those days. The world is simple and benign for such fortunate kids. It is a vision more precious because it isn’t permanent. Still, some will keep the sense of wonder, goodness, and innocence embedded within them — and be better for it.

We should all be so lucky. In the meantime, W and his lady friends — and I do mean friends — warm my heart, bring a smile, and even an occasional tear to my eyes. Such moments make life wonderful.

Note to myself: cherish them.

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The image is called Love Since Childhood by Katyatula. It was sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

6 thoughts on “The First Young Love

  1. How precious! Moments to cherish, indeed.

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  2. I have a grandchild now. She was born in January (1.21.21 palindrome baby) . I didn’t particularly expect to be a grandparent and I wasn’t waiting with baited breath for the time to come. But, wow! Has she knocked me for a loop! She lives about a half hour’s drive from me and I will go over there at a minute’s notice. I spend two or three blocks of time with her a week – usually about 3-4 hours each time. Her mom (my daughter) loves the time to take a nap or do a workout. I am flabbergasted by my own response to this tiny human. She was barely five pounds at birth and her fragility made her all the more endearing. I am often moved to silent tears as we gaze at each other while I am rocking her to sleep. I can’t understand this unexpected response but it makes me feel alive.

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    • Wonderful to hear from you, JT. It is something, isn’t it? I still have similar feelings even though my two grandsons are almost six and two. I don’t try to understand it, but just live it. You have all my congratulations!

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  3. Oh, and my whole point in writing the above was to salute your comment about cherishing the moments. There is something about holding that tiny life and wondering about her. Of course, I know I must have had similar thoughts when my own children were babies but something tells me that the years lived in the interim have added depth and wisdom that could not have been present 30+ years ago. I look into Rory’s eyes and I want to capture and never let go of that moment. I know that’s not possible but I live it so fully while it is happening. I never expected to have that experience. Who knew?

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    • You are very wise, JT. Age informs us that nothing is permanent. The wisdom is imparted by having lived long enough to recognize in a deeper way the importance and preciousness if these dear to us. May you and Rory and all those you love “Live long and prosper.”

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