Saturday, May 10, 2008

Interview with a Boy

Unfortunately, our regularly scheduled guest blogger, Madelynne Ellis, had a family emergency was unable to come blog today. (Even though she’s rad, and you should all go check out her books!) So, in her place, I found us another last minute guest. As you lovely ladies know I am clueless as to how men think. So I thought I would get the straight scoop on how guys view love from my favorite guy-in-training, my neighbor’s eight-year-old son, Nick.

Me: Hey, Nick, thanks for letting me interview you.
Nick: You’re welcome.
Me: So, tell me, what do you think about girls?
Nick: Girls are cute, girls are funny, girls are cool. Girls are soft, I know ‘cause one hugged me before.
Me: Do you have a girlfriend?
Nick: No I do not.
Me: Do you want a girlfriend?
Nick: Yes.
Me: So, what do you look for in a girlfriend?
Nick: I just look for any kind of pretty girl.
(Oh yeah, he’s a guy.)
Me: How about smart girls? You like those too?
Nick: Yeah, smart girls are good, too.
Me: Have you ever had a girlfriend?
Nick: Once. When I was seven. We would just play in class and sometimes we would chat when we were doing our work.
Me: Sounds fun. Is she still you’re girlfriend?
Nick: No. She was starting to be mean to me. And she just decided she didn’t want to be with me anymore.
Me: Bummer. Breaking up sucks.
Nick: It does. I haven’t had a girlfriend since I was seven. Now I am single.
Me: Do you like being single?
Nick: Yes. But I really want a girlfriend.
Me: What would you do if you had one? Go out on a date?
Nick: I can’t go on date until I’m thirteen. I think going on dates would be pretty fun. We could chat and know a little more about each other and stuff like that.
Me: Sometimes dates are fun. (Sometimes not so much.) So, when you’re thirteen, what kind of date would you take a girl on?
Nick: We would eat dinner, laugh, and talk. Then we’d both pay at the end of the dinner. Or I would just bring a coupon.
Me: Thrifty man. Clever thinking. So, Nick, I have an important question. What do you think love is?
Nick: Love is something you can think about when you’re a kid, and then when you’re a grownup you can get married and your wife will help you pay your bills.
Me: Sounds like a sweet deal. So, I’ve had a hard time finding the right guy to date. Any advice for how I can weed out the good ones from the bad ones?
Nick: Well, if he smells bad, if he sweats real bad and if he has any pimples that’s bad. And if he’s really strong, that’s good. If he’s really funny, if he’s really smart, that’s also good. And that’s probably all you need to know about dating.

There you have it. All you ever needed to know about dating from a 2nd grader.

~Trigger Happy Halliday


Suzan Harden said...

Oh Gemma! Thanks for the treat!

That's almost word-for-word what my soon-to-be eight-year-old has said. He's rather sweet on a beautiful blonde classmate that lives a couple blocks away. Last Saturday, Mr. Anti-clean carefully showered and brushed his teeth before her birthday party because he didn't want "Alexis to think I was stinky."

Ah, that first love...

Gemma Halliday said...

That's so cute! Hope Alexis was impressed. ;)


Anonymous said...

That's so cute!!!

Shel said...

Funny! My 5 year old niece keeps asking me why I don't have kids (because apparently all adults should have kids). Personally, I think my Mom put her up to it.

Jenyfer Matthews said...

So sweet!

My 5 year old son stresses out from time to time because he doesn't know who he is going to marry when he grows up - he doesn't quite get that he has LOTS of time to figure it out!

Dru said...

you have to love an eight-year old boy who will grow up to be too young for me.

Anonymous said...

Love it, Gemma!

And Suzan, I love the story about your son, too!


Christie Craig said...


Great story. I love hearing from our young men in training. And Suzan, I need for my 18-year-old to meet this girl who inspires one to not be stinky!

Crime Scene Christie

Terri Osburn said...

Nick sounds great for my 8 yr old daughter. LOL! She's more than willing to split the bills. Very progressive young woman.

Though she has her sites set a bit higher. Currently on her list are:
1. Richard Armitage (as Mr. Thornton)
2. Zac Ephron (I've tried to talk her out this one)
3. The Jonas Brothers (I believe Joe is the favorite of the moment)
4. James Marsdon (from Becoming Jane)

Can you tell the movies I bring home? LOL! Now if I could just shake that Disney channel...

Shelley Munro said...

I think I'm in love. He's so cute. :)