Thursday, August 03, 2006

A Romeo at the Tender Age of Five - A True Casanova in the Making?

Last week my boy happens to tag along with his grandma to fetch me back from work, when something amusing occurs.

While in the Car

My mum and I were busy chit-chatting away to take much notice of my cheeky little boy who was then safely belted on the back passenger seat. As usual, he would try all means to join our conversation or gain our attention at least, by babbling away noisily – which we would normally just ignore him until he ‘shush’ us loudly and cover his ears in protest.

After sometime, I heard him giggling and laughing loudly back there. Curiously, I turned to take a look at him and to my surprise and amusement, I found him trying his best to capture the attention of 2 cute little Malay girls in the car (an MPV) that stopped next to ours at the red light. They were both at about the same age as him – one is younger though.

He looked so cute gesturing away and boldly asking the girls as to where they are heading to (in his not so perfect Mandarin of course). He kept on teasing and made the girls giggling shyly away and smiling sweetly - apparently taken by his ahem, handsomeness and charm *grin*.

The Story about the Red Light Courtship

It was a weekday, we were on our way home when our car stops at the red light and an MPV stops right beside us. My Romeo boy spotted 2 cute little Malay girls in the MPV.

My Boy: -Laughing and waving his hands to get the girls’ attention- He asked them “Ni Chu Na Li? Ni Chu Na Li?” (Mandarin 您处哪里: Where are you going?)
Girls in the MPV: *giggling* -looks at each other- *resume giggling covering mouth*

Me & My mom: Tries to tease my boy “Oh my gawd, boy why you are so thick skin?” -both trying to hide our apparent amusement and delights-

My Boy: -Ignored us. Gave his best charming smile – Apparently determined, he tries again “Ni Chu Na Li Ah? Ni Chu Na Li?” – this time louder too.

Girls in the MPV: Apparently taken by his cuteness and brazenness, waves back and smiled sweetly while looking at each other and continue to giggle.

My Boy: Getting braver and started knocking at the window pane while repeating the question again and again “Ni Chu Na Li Ah?” –flashes his megawatts smile-

Unfortunately, the light turned green by this time and we had to drive on.

My Boy: Not given up yet, calls out loudly “Bye-bye. Bye-bye…?” –waves happily with much gusto-

Girls in the MPV: Both waves back shyly.

Me & My mom: -Shakes our head in disbelieves-
Me: Mom, it looks like our little-one has got a taste for pretty girls. And I must rephrase that as PRETTY girls ONLY.

The Evidence – Years Ago

Frankly speaking, I already have inkling that my boy has an eye for beauty – and that was, when he was just a baby. How did I deduce so? Well, he was by then, already pretty much inclined to stare ONLY at pretty girls (of any age) - he would ogle at attractive woman in the TV ads (Oh yes, we did test our theory by changing the channel and as expected he would promptly take his gaze of the screen a soon as the pretty girl is no longer on it!), and he would be all excited and happy when cooed by cute-young-things.

Last week, he had also fussed when I tried to chance the TV channel when he was appreciating the beauty and charm of one
China actress, Crystal Liu Yifei (leading lady “Xiao Long Nu” in the wuxia drama series “Return of the Condor Hero” produced in China).

He kept telling me “Mummy, mummy, che-che (Cantonese: sister or lady) is very pretty” –points at ‘Xiao Long Nu’ a.k.a. Crystal Liu Yifei-. Amused and curious as to his judgment of beauty, I then asked him if the character ‘Li Mo Chou’ (the martial sister and arch enemy of Xiao Long Nu) is also beautiful – to my incredulity, he actually said NO. I was surprised by his answer, as the actress for this malevolent character is also another beauty. When I press on, he just gave her a look of distaste – then, it struck me, for I have discovered that he actual can differentiate the Good versus Evil perspective at his tender age. Awww… I felt so proud of him. *sighing contently*

However, I did not let the subject drop – instead, I asked him if he finds mummy pretty too *blush* (sorry, for my thick skin but, I had to know *grin*). You know what? He actually made my day and gave me a wonderful cloud-nine answer – he said mummy is also pretty and gave me a very sweet shy look (Instantly, I felt my heart melts, flooded with tender feelings for him).
Honestly, did I believe him wholeheartedly (or I choose to believe him anyway, for my own benefit. Hahaha :P) although I did say to him “Are you sure? You are not just saying it to ‘Angkat-my-Bakul’ is it?” (Malay: ‘Angkat Bakul’ simply means to butter-up/sweet talk). Ah, the frustration of having an insecure and skeptical mum must be driving my son nuts.

What Mummy Wished For

In conclusion, I do hope that my sweet little boy wouldn’t turned into a Casanova for real in the near future – a Romeo is okay but, must be one with a fairytale wholesome ending.

As they always say “A Mom always wants the Best for her Child”.

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