Mason went to school on a mission today. A top-secret operation—of LOVE. You see, my nine year-old baby has had a crush on Hugo ever since she was eight. That’s a long time and she is ready for some commitment. So, she bought a small heart-shaped box of chocolates and attached an envelope that reads, “open this at home.” The plan is to sneak the box of candies into Hugo’s backpack during the last recess of the day. This will require some artfulness on her part since Hugo is not in the same classroom.
As you can suspect, Mason is a little nervous how this will unfold. “What if he doesn’t like me?” “What if the other kids find out?’ “Logan likes Hugo, too. Will she be mad?” But fears be damned, Mason is going to do it! She has even drawn a life-size Hugo so she can practice talking to him. I admire my little girl’s spunk and self-confidence.
Saying, “I love you,” in fourth grade is as natural as a giggle and as terrifying as an oral book report and it doesn’t get easier as we grow up.
Wether or not Hugo returns her affection Mason will discover a new truth today, ”to let true love remain unspoken is the quickest road to a heavy heart.”
Love comes in many colors and flavors. Make sure you speak your love out loud today—your heart will be lighter and your life will be richer for taking the risk.