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His First Love

We were face to face across lawn chairs both shoveling in cereal when my son spoke.

“There was this other kid at grandma’s house,” he said.

I listened with my eyes.

“Really,” he nodded. “And he said he had two girlfriends.”

I felt my eyebrows raise.

“And,” my son continued. “And he asked if I had two girlfriends.”

He laughed at the absurdity.

I watched him giggle.

“But I told him,” he said, “that I had only one girlfriend.”

I found my voice. “Oh?”

“Yeah,” my son whispered. He smiled a big one.

Then…with the spoon he yanked from his cereal, he pointed to my heart and said…


You’re my girlfriend, mommy!”


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