Forward Thinking

“Why isn’t there anywhere to live in D.C.?” asked Elizabeth. I was surprised. She seemed kind of emotional about it.

“What kind of place are you looking for?” I asked her.

“Like an apartment.” she said. “T.J. has been looking on the internet and everything is so expensive!”

“You guys are moving out?” I asked.

“Not now.” T.J. answered for her. “When we grow up we are going to get married and move into D.C.”

“It is just really expensive.” she said.

“Well,” I told them “You’ve got a lot of time to save up. I think you have at least ten years before you can legally sign a lease.”

They nodded.

I was visiting my kids at lunch but since my mom was with me they were ignoring me anyway. I tried to hear more of the conversation across the table.

“If there are no schools how can we have kids!”

“Wait! I know, we can homeschool!”

I admire Elizabeth and T.J. for planning ahead. They are right, renting an apartment in a decent area in D.C. is expensive. I can’t help but wonder what T.J.’s parents thought when they saw him searching for apartments in Washington D.C. not long after his 8th birthday.

I think about my first crush in second grade. I’m not sure he even liked girls yet and I am certain that he wasn’t looking for places for us to live when we came of age.

Not that the internet existed when I was in second grade.

My kids were at the same table but they are in a different world. I know my daughter notices boys, but she says she doesn’t like any of the boys she knows. I think she used to have a crush on Spencer from “ICarly” until I told her he was in his 30s. I don’t think my son sees girls in that way yet at all.

But if Elizabeth and T.J. are planning for their children my kids can’t be too far behind can they? It is so cute and so scary at the same time.

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  1. It is scary. My oldest just turned 9 and I’m terrified of what I’m going to have to educate her about in the next year or so.

  2. Bailey still believes she can’t date until she’s 32. She’s seven.

    I don’t think all kids are like that you know? Just some. Maybe the ones with older siblings?

  3. smart aleck says:

    It’s the perfect opportunity to encourage them to do well in school, go to college and/or grad school, and THEN be able to afford that apartment.

    Or to become President and have the taxpayers pay for their place for 4-8 years 😉

    I used to look in the real estate section of the newspaper, but just to look for dream houses like in Miracle on 34th Street (hey, if Santa was going to ask me what I wanted, I needed to know what house in the Hamptons I wanted to have!)

  4. i heard elizabeth wrote love letters to 3 other boys in the class. this girl is on top of her game! 😉

  5. Absolutely horrifying

  6. I think this is exactly why I was in an all-girls’ school when I was in the second grade, so my mother could fool herself into thinking I’d never be interested in boys.

    Of course I was soon to develop a crush on the handyman who worked around our house from time to time. He was only like 12 years older than me. I’m sure that went over well.

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