say anything

There are two kinds of girls in middle school — the boy-crazy kind and the boys-are-gross kind.

Lauren is straddling the line right now.  She’s visibly disgusted (or at least uncomfortable) by any display of affection, love talk, or kissing. Envision the face a vampire makes when he sees the sunrise — that’s what Lauren looks like when someone kisses on a TV show.

And, yet, there’s a boy she likes…a few, I think. She chooses her crushes based on common interests — minecraft, frogs, gymnastics — which, let’s be honest, is better criteria than some grown women use when looking for a partner, right?

She recently observed that every song on the radio is about love in one way or another (lost love, first love, unrequited love, etc.). This annoys her, of course.

“Why can’t they ever sing about anything else?” she asks. “I mean, why don’t they sing about trees or summer or fish?”

“Well, you know, some say there are really only two emotions in this world — love and hate — and all other emotions boil down to one of those.”

“That’s stupid,” she says, clearly not buying into my philosophical rhetoric just yet.

Recently, we were in the car when Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” came on. I turned it up and said:

“Ooooh…this is a great song, girls. It’s from one of my favorite movies!”

“What movie?” Lauren asks

“‘Say Anything'” with John Cusack. It’s awesome. We should watch it.”

“What’s it about?”

“The song?” I say.

“No, the movie.”

“Oh, well, it’s about…um…love.”

“I hate it already,” she says without missing a beat.

I’ll bet she’s singing a different tune in a couple years.


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