Under the branches of a gum tree bending in the wind, Peta and Connor’s eyes were fixed on their shoes.
Neither was concerned with the wintry weather nor that some of their closest friends were not in attendance. They were to be married today in front of over 400 people.
In keeping with tradition, the pair were united with a kiss.
As the bride ran over to join the girls, the groom was overheard to say, ‘I thought we were just going to hug. Before I knew it she just came at me and kissed me.’
Beaming with a mixture of pride and shock, the mother of the bride said that any thoughts of a honeymoon have been postponed until these two 6 year olds turn 21.
Having two boys, 6 and 3, I thought time was on my side.
In anticipation of what is to come, a rethink began.
While neither of them have had a girlfriend yet, preparations will need to be made.
I have high expectations for them, and of them.
It is with this in mind that I, as their mum, do solemnly promise that:
- my boys will be surrounded with positive role models from which to learn
- my boys will show respect and learn how to treat girls and women as ladies
- they will never arrive empty handed on a doorstep
- they will learn how to say sorry from the bottom of their heart because they will make mistakes
- flowers and chocolates are thoughtful but are not the way into a ladies heart, good books or bed
- behaving like you’re with ‘the boys’ should be reserved for when you’re actually with the boys
- they will learn what it takes to be considered a true gentleman
- ‘I love you’ should only be said if you truly feel it
- while my heart is still beating, they will never use social media to announce the demise of your relationship
- I will dry the tears and hug him if you break his heart, then remind him, once again, of all of the above.
As my 6 year old ventures onto the oval at school during his lunch break, he need not think of love. It will find him in due course and I’ll do my darnedest to help him be ready.
Image from: here.