Patol, Bingo & True Love

The fourth grade at Jack’s school had an exhibit today of the projects they’d created for their Native American projects. Jack had very enthusiastically created a replica of a game called patol and I very enthusiastically noticed that patol was far easier to recreate than any number of other projects: dolls, boots, clothes, igloos, dioramas, fancy weaponry…

I know he looks hungover or something, but I swear we let him sleep.

I know he looks hungover or something, but I swear we let him sleep.

In the photo above, you can see the fantastic doll made by R, a girl in Jack’s class that he calls “the most beautiful girl in the world.”

I tell you this for a reason (in addition to telling you so I have an excuse to post that photo). The exhibit took place late in the day, so I just brought Jack home with me afterward, in time to pick Quinn up from the bus stop.

Jack usually comes home later than Quinn, so it is unusual for him to meet Quinn’s bus, on which rides Jack’s very good girl friend, E, with whom Jack used to go to school. Jack and E have long had plans to get married, and Jack was delighted to see her again, as they hadn’t seen each other for a while.

She got off the bus and bum rushed Jack, giving him a huge hug. It was really beautiful to see. They, like, just gazed at each other for a while. I love that girl so much. Also Jack. I also love Jack so much.

They hugged for a while and were very excited to be in each other’s presence, when Jack very seriously turned to E and said, “I am in love with another. Her name is [the most beautiful girl in the world].”

To E’s credit, she handled it pretty well. I wouldn’t count her out just yet.


You might have missed my live tweeting last Friday of Quinn’s bingo night. Never fear. I wrote all about it for White Knuckle Parenting. I even learned a lesson about giving in to chaos.

13 thoughts on “Patol, Bingo & True Love

  1. Mega points to E just for that! A lesser girl wouldn’t have been able to take the truth.

    So sweet, though. Wish I could’ve seen them for myself!!

  2. Andy’s “wife” gives any other girls who get his attention the good ol’ stinkeye. And Andy is pretty handsome, with his own bus posse of young ladies, so you can imagine the trouble I am going to be in, all too soon…

  3. As someone acquainted with the “most beautiful girl in the world,” I’d have to say that Jack’s assessment is pretty much spot-on. Good eye, son.

    I have also been told by a reliable source that his feelings are reciprocated, although she feels quite strongly that boyfriends “are inappropriate before middle school.” I’d advise Jack to take things slowly and enjoy the ride.

  4. I’m sorry…but that poor girl. Granted, possibly I’m biased toward girls…but just another broken heart on his trail of tears!!

  5. “I am in love with another.” I love it! Jack as Byronic hero. Was he by any chance wearing a cravat when he said that?

  6. My four-yr-old has declared his love for a girl in his preschool but you’re saying I should hold off on wedding plans? I guess since he also loves rice krispy treats and wants to marry them I should take a “wait and see” approach. I love your Jack stories!

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