Adorable Boy-Girl Moment, or Too Close for Comfort?

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It was my son's last get-together with his best friend, S. S is a lovely brown-haired girl with an infectious grin, they'd become fast friends since the beginning of the school year and had remained inseparable ever since. I'd arranged for them to hang out at our house while I finished some last-minute packing before we left Seattle for our new home in Oregon, and I could hear their excited conversation over the chirp and mumble of the TV in the next room. As I loaded boxes and ran the tape gun, I found myself wondering how much they would miss each other, and whether or not they'd stay in touch after we moved.

A few minutes later, I peeked into the living room to check on them, and my eyes widened. Riley was lying on the floor in front of the television with S reclined over him, her head on his chest. Riley's hand trailed gently in her hair. The arrangement of their bodies made a startlingly intimate tableau.

DID I MENTION THE PART ABOUT HOW THEY'RE BOTH 6 YEARS OLD?

It was a completely innocent moment, but I have to say that I handled it with all the grace of an over-excited Sheltie. First I stood there giggling semi-hysterically to myself, then I strolled whistling through the room in order to stealth-snap photos of them with my phone (they remained oblivious), and finally I furiously texted the image to my husband.

UM, OH MY GOD, I wrote. LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE. IS THIS NORMAL? ARE THEY NOW MARRIED IN THE EYES OF THE LORD? HOW WILL I EXPLAIN THAT TO S's MOM?

HA, he wrote. THAT'S PRETTY CUTE.

I typed back: BUT SHOULD I BE FREAKING OUT? BECAUSE I AM KIND OF FREAKING OUT. SHOULD I THROW A BUCKET OF WATER ON THEM? SHOW THEM A GRAPHIC FILM ON THE REPERCUSSIONS OF UNDERAGE PREGNANCY? MAYBE I SHOULD SWITCH THE CHANNEL FROM LOONEY TUNES TO TEEN MOM?

IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL BUT WHY DON'T YOU JUST ASK THEM TO MOVE, he wrote.

BUT I DON'T WANT TO MAKE *THEM* FEEL LIKE WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS WEIRD BECAUSE IT DOES SEEM PRETTY INNOCENT AND AFFECTIONATE AND WHAT IF—

JESUS DARLIN, I'M AT WORK HERE.

Okay fine.

So in the end I just told them they were too close to the TV and it wasn't good for their eyes (ha! Old-school parenting FTW) and they moved to the couch where they started pelting each other with pillows and pretty soon they ran outside and made annoying pshew pshew pshew sounds for about a solid hour while wielding sticks and shouting about which Ninjago warrior they were and THE END.

But I'm still torn on whether their comfy cuddle-time was the most adorable thing ever, or a teensy tiny bit on the WHOAH HOLY SHIT side. What do you think? What would you do if you saw your kindergarten-aged kid snuggling with their friend, looking for all the world like a couple of pint-sized newlyweds?


Image via Linda Sharps

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Evaly... EvalynCarnate

It sounds like a difficult situation that perhaps needs to be watched, because only you can tell when your child needs to learn about boundaries....but throwing a bucket of water on them would have been a little bit dramatic :-p


 

nonmember avatar BoyzRkewl

I think it is perfectly innocent and sweet.

nonmember avatar Gretta

No offense but you sound like a complete nutcase. I think it was sweet. They are only little kids. Give them that last little time of innocence.

Jammi... Jammie209

I think u might be over-thinking it a little bit. Chances are they were both sad about leaving each other. Maybe ur son was just doing what he sees ur husband doing when he's comforting u. I think it's adorable & one day, yrs from now, ur son is going to make a very compassionate bf to a lucky girl. Good luck with everything :-)

lmcc724 lmcc724

If it had been two 6 year old girls you would have thought nothing of it. If they were 12, yeah I would have said something. There is nothing so pure as the love of a child.

nonmember avatar Jennifer

I wouldn't worry too much about it. Now if they start making out - um yeah, grab the bucket.

RoughGem RoughGem

Oh come on, they're six. I used to do this with my female best friend and my brother at the same age, and my mom of course never thought I must be a lesbian or into incest. Chill!


Touch is a form of comfort for people from the day they're born--there's nothing sexual or even romantic about a little cuddle like this.

nonmember avatar Jenn

Seriously, chill out. More peturbed by the fact that you put this innocently intimate picture of your son and someone else's daughter on the internet for a whole bunch of strangers to look at.

kelly... kelly24019

They are six Ffs... Seriously?!? You are crazy... It means nothing...

KWnav... KWnavywife

I think it's adorable

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