On Thursday when I went to pick Griff up from school, his teacher Sara
said to me in a confidential tone, "did you know that Griffin has a
In December, we had an impromptu lunch date with Janel and her daughter Annika, who is in Griff's class. We've known them for over two years now, but I had never noticed that G and A are particularly chummy - they get along, but they're not *buddies*, you know? Well, that day, they sure were. they had a blast.
Then last Saturday at Annika's birthday party, Janel tells me that ever since that lunch date, Annika has been telling Janel that she is going to marry Griffin. This is a big milestone for Annika, who previously was going to marry either her father or her uncle. Janel and I joked about how pretty their children would be, and that it's nice to have this big decision taken care of, and what good fortune to like the in-laws so much...
Apparently earlier this week, my darling firstborn son ELOPED!
Yes, folks, the nuptials of Griffin Hardy and Annika Gagnon took place on Wednesday, the 10th of January, in the year of our Lord 2007, in the Garden Room at the Sabot School in Richmond, Virginia. It must have been a civil ceremony, details are sketchy but it is my understanding that there was no traditional dress or bouquet or anything.
The happy couple was later observed walking hand in hand through the Sabot forest, occasionally stopping to gaze lovingly at each other.
Desiring to keep their love a secret, neither child informed their mother that evening upon returning to their separate homes. But upon being reunited on Thursday morning, Annika floated over to Griffin, cooing "I love you" before reversing her course to sign in for the day.
The mother of the groom performed a low-key interrogation, wishing to elicit maximum information while planting minimal ideas about the adult fixation on their pre-K love affair.
Jess: "So, Griffin, who did you play with today?"
Jess: "Oh, Annika. Who else?"
Griffin: "Nobody, just Annika. She's my best friend."
Jess: "Ah. What did you do together?"
Griffin: "Best friend stuff. You know."
Jess: "No, I don't know. What do best friends do?"
Griffin: "Sing songs, hold hands, give kisses."
Jess: "Oh yes? Kisses are nice. Where did you give kisses? Cheeks? Hands?"
Griffin: "Cheeks, and lips."
Apparently best friends kiss a LOT...sometimes so much that teachers inform them that kissing can share germs, and that it would be preferable not to share germs.
Follow-up discussions also revealed that the songs sung were "loving songs" performed by the Missus.
On the topic of marriage:
Jess: "Griff, someday when you're all grown up, do you think maybe you will get married?"
Griffin: (matter-of-factly, shrugging) "Yeah. I'll marry Annika. She's my best friend."
Jess: "That would be really nice to be married to your best friend."
Griffin describes his relationship with Ms. Gagnon as "best friends", although I suspect that she feels much more strongly about him. It occurs to me that this is fairly representative of male/female relationships throughout the lifespan. I wonder how long we have before Griff finds a new "best friend" and Annika's heart is tragically broken, and Griff wanders away wondering what just happened.
And as an epilogue/side note...I still remember the first and last name of my very first crush. Jason Gordo. He waved to me on the playground on the first day of kindergarten. I was 4, almost 5. I have no other memories of Jason. I assume we played together, since we were in kindergarten together. I don't know what made that wave so special, but here I am, remembering it 26+ years later. Think Annika will remember Griff like that, someday? Will he remember her? The mind boggles.