I feel badly for coming back only to ask a deadly boring question, so here's something juicier. It's part sozlet story but more a community story, like the penguin huddle.
There is a boy who she has strongly suspected had a crush on her for quite a while. I'll call him Zach.
This was common knowledge among the boys, as she found out about a month ago from a mutual (male) friend. The standard greeting from all the boys to Zach was, "have you asked her out yet?" He'd mumble and try to change the subject.
When she's had a crush on someone from third grade to now, it's often been him, but he was right to be hesitant. She'd pretty much decided that 6th grade was too young for dating, and she has too many close male friends to let crushes get in the way of anything. She was worried about how to respond if he did ask her -- she didn't want to say yes, she didn't want to say no.
However, in just the last couple of weeks, that started to change. She didn't tell me about it.
On the last day of school, they sat together to watch a movie (last days of school are kinda useless instruction-wise), and basically the whole grade decided OK, This Must Be Resolved.
Recess was after the movie, and two camps formed. Boy Camp resolved to get Zach to ask out sozlet. Girl camp resolved to get sozlet to say yes.
When this still wasn't producing results, Kay, sozlet's BFF since kindergarten, took charge of the situation. "ASK HER OUT," she commanded.
Zach looked at sozlet and shrugged in a "what do you think?" sort of way. She grimaced -- she didn't like the peer-pressure component.
He saw this (they know each other really well) then locked eyes and, "Sozlet, I like
She blushed and grinned and admitted it was mutual.
And the whole grade went apeshit.
There were cheers (cheers, I'm telling you), and the boys were high-fiving Zach, and there was general mayhem.
Everyone would NOT shut up about it for the rest of the day (and into the next).
One of her friends wasn't there but shortly thereafter came rushing up to her saying "I just heard the good news!!" in the gushiest way possible. He's an enormous football player/ wrestler.
I just found it hilarious that everyone was so INVESTED.
One of sozlet's friends explained to me that while there has been dating in their grade, this was the first couple that everyone could see really like each other and are more than just a one-date thing.
(They've had two or three dates so far, depending on how you're counting.)
I'm not happy about how young they are. I said to sozlet, "but you're in 6th grade!" This was about 3 hours after the last day of school, and her comeback was "No, 7th grade!" (That's how they do it here, the minute you're out of one grade you're considered to be in the next.)
But at this age it seems to be little more than social sanction for hanging out. She always gets so much hassling for hanging out with her male friends, and it's been nice for her to be able to shut down the whole "ooooh, you liiiiike him" thing. ("Yep.")
Her friends actually purposely give her space now.
He's had some big Romantic moments already -- probably the best one was when he admitted he hadn't told his mom yet because he was worried that she would think they were too young. She said "If she disapproves, we can just wait." He did the eye-locking thing and said, very serious, "I can't wait."
(His mom is totally fine with it, I filled her in on a bunch of details because he only gave her the briefest version, she agrees that the whole thing is hilarious. And seemed impressed/ surprised by his bravery.)