“He yelled at you? What happened?”
“He said ‘You’re ruining the whole play!’”
“Why did he say that?”
“I tapped him on the shoulder and he got mad, but I was supposed to be Maya’s baby and that’s what babies do.”
She cried harder. My baby’s heart was broken.
As we drove to the doctor’s office, I tried to impart some wisdom about love and boys and everything that comes with them. The only thing my mom ever told me when I had a broken heart was “There are other fish in the sea.” As a survivor of many heartbreaks, I wanted to be a little more helpful. That, and Valentine’s Day, got me thinking. What do I know now that I wish I knew then? What would have smoothed my path and saved my heart? It’s not all appropriate for a six-year-old – I’ll dole it out as she needs it. But armed with this knowledge, I hope to be the kind of mom who IS helpful in the area of romance, and I hope it’ll save my daughter some heartache. So here are 14 things that I wish I’d known about love.