Overheard as I was driving the kids home:
Peter: "Hey Colton, there's this boy in my class named Sam and he likes this girl in my class named Allie."
Peter: "And she likes him back! They're in...love!"
insert nine-year-old-boy giggling
Colton: "Remember that boy in Kindergarten who liked that girl?"
Peter and Colton simultaneously: "pfffffffftt"
insert nine-year-old-boy eye-rolling
I told Peter and Colton that 3rd grade was too young to be boyfriend and girlfriend. I wanted to continue the discussion but I could tell they had already moved on to a different topic.
I was silent as I continued to drive but in my mind I was telling Peter that for now he should stick to playing computer games, practicing guitar, building with Legos, walking around the back yard with sticks pretending they are guns, riding his bike and doing all the other things nine-year-old boys do that don't involve nine-year-old girls.
There will be plenty of time for girls.