Sunday, December 30, 2007

To date...

They've known each other since 6th grade, have shared classes and hung out during the high school musicals. He's friends, too, with my son; coming over to play video games, watch movies and go sledding. They've all hung out together as a group with their cookie-baking goofiness and home movie-making...

But something happened somewhere along the way. He looks at her differently now, seeing beyond the "buddy" to the beautiful person she is.

Some guys miss it, choosing instead the girls who demand the attention; girls whose beauty is fleeting because it eventually loses its substance. It is the rare teenage boy who truly sees my daughter and understands who she is. She doesn't travel the normal path, but strikes out on her own, standing in her strength and grounded in her ideals.

I give him credit, this young man who stepped across our door tonight in a different light. Because he gets it. And in the middle of his goofy, light-hearted and quirky demeanor, he has reserved a place of respect for my "little girl".

BUT...he still got 'the talk' from me before they left for the movies, and I'll still be waiting for their midnight return!

6 comments:

clew said...

:) Awwwe!

I've missed you so, Lori - I'm so glad you've been posting again!

Martin said...

Just wanted to say HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you have a wonderful year ahead! :-)

McSwain said...

Sounds like a nice young man. Cute, too. :)

Slone said...

Already told my 12 year old daughter that "IF" I ever let her date, I will have to meet the young man first. I'll be cleaning my shotgun while her brothers are digging a hole in the front yard when he arrives, just to make a point! She didn't think that was funny.
I hope for a wonderful New Year for you and your family. I feel as if I've come to know them just a little this past year.

John said...

What a great way for him to get to know your daughter; in her home where she's the most comfortable and real. Lucky guy.

Your daughter is also lucky in that she has a mom that thinks enough of her to have that talk with the boy she is entrusting her to for the evening.

I'm guessing there's a triangle of respect there.

I hope the night went well--for all of you.

martie said...

The best boyfriends are the ones who start out knowing you as a friend first! Your daughter is very pretty and she has rare qualities. You can be very proud of her, momma!

Happy New Year to you and your family and many hugs across the miles!