Say Say Say

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I’m growing through that period in parenthood where my children are reaching social milestones. You know…slumber parties, weekend outings and school dances. Recently one of my sons attended a dance at his elementary school:  

Me: “Hey bud, you excited about the dance?”

Him: “Yeah, I guess. “

Me: “So…is there anyone you want to dance with?”

Him: “Yeah Ryan.”

Me: “So HOW are you going to ask her to dance?”

Him: “I’ll just say, ‘Hello there Ryan, would you care to dance with me?’ ”

He bows deeply.

[What tha hell…?]

Me: “Umm no. Just say, ‘Would you like to dance?’ that should be enough.”

Him: “Okay.”

Me: “What if she says yes?”

Him: “Then I’ll say LET’S DANCE!”

He does this awkward move. I think that’s a dance.

Me: “Okay and what if she says no?”

Him: “I’ll just say, ‘Sorry to have bothered you. Thank you for your consideration.’”

He smiles.        

I imagine myself slapping my forehead.

My husband overhears us. Walks over and says, “If she says no, then just say ‘your lost’ and pop your collar and keep it moving.”

I slap my forehead, no imagining this time.

Me: “She didn’t take a survey! If she says no, then just say ‘okay’ and walk away.”

Him: “That’s it?”

Me: “That’s it. You’re there to have fun…so have fun.”

Mind you, this is a good looking kid (if I do say so myself). Dark brown eyes, big beautiful smile accented with deep dimples. Soft wavy hair. Lean. He’s a looker. Just not a dancer. So he attends the dance and I couldn’t wait for him to get home with all the juicy details.

Me: “How’d it go?”

Him: “Fine. I had some nachos.”

Me: “Did you see Ryan?”

Him: “Yea, I asked her and she said ‘No’ she was already dancing with somebody else.”

[Ouch.]

Me: “What did you do?”

Him: “I asked someone else.”

[Okay…this kid’s got moxy.]

Me: “…and how did THAT go?”

Him: “She said ‘No’ too.”

[Oye.]

Me: “You okay?”

Him: “I’m fine, Mom – I just danced with myself.”

I thought about him doing that awkward dance alone on the dance floor. This kid’s got moxy.

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