'Will you be my boyfriend?'
May 02. 2014 9:49AM
Cupid has struck Carter, my 10-year-old great-nephew.
It happened a little over a week ago – on a Thursday – just as Carter and his classmates were about to embark on an extended break from math problems and science experiments.
That’s when a girl in his class, Natalie, posed the big question to him: “Will you be my boyfriend?”
With little hesitation, and I imagine a sheepish grin, young Carter accepted the invitation to the first of what I anticipate, many “boyfriend-girlfriend” relationships to come.
I learned of Carter’s “first love” story at our family’s Easter celebration. His mom spilled the beans, but once it was out there for generations of Meier women to hear, he was eager to fill in the blanks for us.
After learning of her son’s first “boyfriend-girlfriend” relationship, Ashley, asked Carter what it entails when two fourth-graders commit to being “a couple.”
“I dunno,” he answered. “It’s only been a day.”
As we offered our past experience relationship advice to Carter, my mind swirled back to my elementary school-aged days and the first couple – Jeff and Missy – in my class to formally go public with their relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend. If I recall, it meant sitting next to each other on the bleachers at football and basketball games and holding hands, while the rest of us surrounding them, watched their every move.
From a youthful view, I imagine it was pretty serious stuff for that time in life.
Back to our post-Easter dinner discussion on Carter’s blooming relationship, the blue-eyed, dishwater blonde boy wasn’t shy about sharing Natalie’s name, her hair color and even a bit about her former love interest.
“She used to date my best friend,” Carter told us. “His name is Carter, too.”
Smart girl, I thought to myself. There’s something to be said for dating a guy with the same name as the previous boyfriend …
It was then I had to ask my great-nephew if he and his friend, Carter, were still the best of buddies since Natalie announced her intentions.
“Yeah,” he said, “They broke up two weeks ago, so no big deal.”
As adults, wouldn’t it be we great if we could all go back to that fourth-grade “boyfriend-girlfriend” mentality, and have the ability to rebound from a broken heart that fast?
2014-15 Brandon Community Guide now available
Inserted in this week’s Brandon Valley Challenger is the 2014-15 Brandon Community Guide. The publication is a joint effort of the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, Argus Leader Media, which publishes the Challenger, and the participating advertisers.
We hope you use the Community Guide as a reference to your city. It’s filled with up-to-date information – where to shop, worship, attend school, play, clubs to join, and events to plan for – in this place many of us call “home.”
In addition to all of the information about everyday life in Brandon, we also hope you enjoy the many colorful pictures featured throughout the Guide. They are photos of you, the folks who live, work, play and call Brandon “home.”
Additional copies of the 2014-15 Brandon Community Guide are available at the Chamber and BV Challenger offices and at various businesses throughout the city.
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are Jello and pudding, boxed potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, snack crackers, Snack Pack pudding and deodorant.
While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock. Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.
The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.
The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.
The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.