La Dolce Vita is Italian for 'The Good Life'. This is what I strive for every day. I strive for happiness, balance, fun and love. Here you will read about my insights and struggles and how I try to deal with life's challenges in a way that improves my life, the life of my friends and family and of my children.
Young love. VERY, very young love
My first ‘baby’ is a boy called Philip. He is eight. He and I went through a lot together that first year as I figured out how to be a mum. For four years it was just him and I. It was a special time.
We have since been joined by another boy and a little girl and we don’t have as much time together but we still share a special bond.
Which is why I was a little upset when he told me last night that he had a secret but was too embarrassed to tell me.
I tried to pretend I wasn’t upset. I thought he told me everything? I thought we had no secrets. I am prepared for all my children to clam up in the teens but not yet.
He mentioned several more times that he wanted to tell me but he was too embarrassed. I told him I would love for him to tell me but only when he’s ready. I knew if I pushed him he’d never tell me. Meantime my mind was frantically trying to figure out his secret. Has he been touching himself? Did he take money from my purse? Did he hit his little brother or sister when I wasn’t looking?
“I want to tell you mum but I’m too embarrassed,” he said again. “I’m worried you’ll laugh at me.”
“I’d never laugh at you, baby,” I answered.
“You’ll think I’m too young,” he said.
“I won’t think that,” I assured him.
He said he’d tell me but not until we were in the car. Once in the car he said he wouldn’t tell me until we were driving. Once driving he said he wouldn’t tell me until we stopped at the lights. He said if he told me I couldn’t ask him any questions or tell anyone else, ever.
At the lights I turned to him. I told him to just tell me. I told him he’d be relieved.
“Mum, I’m in love.”
Now Philip has never watched the movie Love Actually so I can only assume that he is IN LOVE!
“That’s great Philip,” I said. “I’m so happy for you.” I hugged him and he told me who he’s in love with and the things he does at school to get her attention.
I dropped him off at my sister’s house and we shared a special hug. My little boy is in love. Could he be more adorable?
When did you discover your first love?