-Um. Wait, back up. Did you kiss somebody?
-Yeah, (sheepishly) Alyssa.
-Thing 2 kissed him too! (We still don't get pronouns, Alyssa IS a girl.)
(Thing 2 chimes in)- Yeah, I kissed him.
-Really? So you both kissed her? (They nod) Today? Where did you kiss her?
Thing 2- On the lips!
-(Good grief!) No, I meant on the playground or where?
- (Rolling eyes) No, mom, you kiss girls at nap time. (Mom's eyes bulge)
-Do you kiss all the girls at nap time every day?
- No, just Alyssa. Three times!
-(I turn to Thing 1) did you kiss her three times?
- No, just one time, on the cheek. (Thank goodness someone has scruples)
-And you're both okay with your brother kissing the same girl you kissed?
-But then Brandon was chasing Thing 2 and telling him to break up with Alyssa, so we have to break up with him. (This is Thing 1 talking, obviously very distressed that his brother is being chased around.)
-I see. Do you know what it means to break up with someone?
-No. (Both shake their heads no.)
-OK, here's the deal. For now, if you kiss girls, the other kids are going to bug you. I think for now it would be safer to just save all your kisses for your mommy. Save them all for me, ok?
But you can still be friends with Alyssa. Don't let anyone tell you who to be friends with.
-OK. (in unison.)
Later, Enigma finds out what happened. She says to Thing 2, "What about Ari, (previous puppy love around the block-Enigma is set on them getting married.) Don't you like Ari?"
-Did you kiss Ari? (Thing 2 just grins).
The next day, there is talk of Thing 2 holding hands with Alyssa.
Thing 1 is grumpily mumbling in the background, "She's my friend too!"
Next day, Thing 2 is all about playing with Ari.
Fast forward to this week. The Things have a birthday. Their class makes them pictures. Alyssa made Thing 1 this picture. See the hearts? Thing 2's didn't have hearts. Enigma read much into all that.
Thing 1 made a picture for Thing 2. He told Enigma that he is the one in the red shirt. Thing 2 is in the blue shirt and the figure between them in the back is Alyssa. See the triangle? Will she come between the dynamic duo?
Not to worry, because Thing 2 informed me that Aisha is smart, and will you take a look at the picture she made him? She's holding his hand! This is getting as hard to follow as a soap. It would be fun to scan half the pictures. Kindergarteners draw hilarious things. Also, Thing 2's first picture in his book said "You are kind." Wow! Someone thought he was kind! I was all excited. Then I looked down at the bottom and it said, from Thing 2. Well, it's a start.
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