Mom, what happens if you tell someone you have a crush on them?
I start to speak.
What is a crush, mom?
A crush is when you have romantic feelings for someone and you like them more than a friend. It’s perfectly normal to have a crush.
She considers this for a moment.
But 2nd grade is too young to have a boyfriend
– She interjects emphatically – Mom! I do not have a boyfriend!
Do you have a crush on someone?
Well, not exactly someone. Something. *blushes and lowers head* I’ll show you. No. I’ll just tell you.
I am so confused now. What does it mean to have a crush on something??
Lowers her voice and confides It’s in a book.
Relief. Then it dawns on me. This girl has good taste. She has a thing for this brave, complicated, compassionate boy:
Is it Harry Potter?
Nods and smiles shyly.
That is normal too, honey. I can’t tell you how many book characters I’ve had crushes on! I can understand why you would have a crush on Harry.
I start to do a little geek happy dance inside my head! My daughter has her first literary crush – and I’m certain there are many daydreams of dashing protagonists in her future!
Isn’t reading amazing?