Today we had Em and her family over to swim and play.
Big Kid and Em were born 6 months apart and have been friends forever. They have celebrated 6 birthdays together, explored Disney World together, spent the night at each other's various houses and learned a lot about friendship and a little about the opposite sex through one another. They have fought over toys and their plans for the future; she once cried and tattled on him for telling her that he didn't think they'd grow up and get married because he loved her like a friend. Then she informed him that he was wrong about that. They were 5 then.
We haven't seen her in a few months and I was astounded to see how big they look standing next to one another now. I have pictures of her as a wrinkled newborn, propped up against his bald, wide-eyed baby self and now they walk around holding hands; her with a ponytail halfway down her back and him looking so tall and tan.
As we were saying our goodbyes today, I saw her approach him with a shy smile.
"Hug me, Big Kid," she said, throwing her arms wide, dramatically. He returned her smile and was swooped up into her hug. His head was awkwardly on her shoulder, his face purposely turned from hers. "Let me see your face," I heard her say.
"No." he answered, still hugging her tightly.
She untangled herself from his arms and put one hand on each cheek, pulling his face in toward hers, smiling but looking serious. I realized what was going on just as she leaned in for a kiss.
"EM!" Her mom and I and Big Kid all shouted at the same time. She had already accomplished her quick kiss and was giggling as Big Kid wrestled away, swiping his hand across his mouth and blushing furiously.
She headed for the front door and turned back again, "One more hug?" she asked, grinning and holding her arms out again.
"NO!" Big Kid answered.
She laughed again and left, leaving me shocked that our babies were so big now.
Once the door closed behind them I said, "Hey, Big Kid? You and Emmy can't be kissing--"
"You're tellin' me! The trick to that is keepin' my face away from her face, but that sure is hard when you're friends sayin' goodbye! Don't worry, mom, I didn't like it!"
But I'm afraid that one day he will.