Do you remember your first crush on an older member of the opposite sex? Did it make YOU act all goofy?
I'm not sure I remember my first crush, but I do distinctly remember being under 5 and having a certain babysitter who tucked me in several times one particular night. I kept calling her back into the room on account of her being soooo pretty. To this day I still don't know who she was, but hold a warm place in my heart for her and her angelic smile.
Lukas, on the other hand, may just be experiencing his first such crush before the tender age of three, in the form of our next door neighbor (we will call her Ruby). Our house and Ruby's house sit very close to one another and we both have western facing decks out back.
Lukas has taken particular notice of Ruby. Always trying to get her attention.
In fact, last night as we prepared dinner, our son struck up a conversation across the fence with this blond haired woman of the world (she is in kindergarten now). She responded by handing him a pea from their spring garden. He ate it up all giddy with excitement as he stepped into the kitchen to show Mrs. LIAYF and I what she had given him.
"Did you thank her?" I asked him, at which point her ran out onto the deck and yelled a loud "THANK YOU!" at the fence. This was immediately followed by perhaps the most spontaneous but awkward display that I have ever witnessed.
Lukas, smiling widely and apparently unable to control himself, started to burst forth with energy from within. His voice screeched, his head shook, his feet bounced up and down sideways while his arms which were curled under his armpits like chicken wings flapped up and down out of control. It was as if he were a mental patient trying imitate a chicken doing a hoe down. Then, as a sort of grand finale, he let his feet go from beneath him in an instant and did a hard plop down on both knees. Then, still smiling he jumped up and ran back into the kitchen where his mother and I stood still trying to make out what we had just witnessed.
"Lukas, do you like Ruby?...." Mrs. LIAYF asked him. "Yeah, I do!" he replied, his cheeks still flush from his impressive display of talent. "Well Buddy, you might want to try a different angle" I chuckled and patted him on the head while his mother and I exchanged amused glances.
It was shortly thereafter that our little guy proceeded back out onto the deck. "Ruby!" he call out. "Yes Lukas?" she responded.