Boys and Girls

On an empty path with fallen leaves, crumpled grass, beneath a canopy of trees, lies a little girl with eyes shut tight and all four limbs outstretched. “I’m floating down a river, the great river that opens to the ocean.” she whispered to herself.

“Excuse me”, said a little boy, a little boy she didn’t know had been watching her for close to a minute, and a minute is a long time for a little boy. “You might have forgotten but you’re on grass. You’re not floating on a river. And our river, it doesn’t open to the ocean. It opens to more river and a hundred other rivers before it opens to the ocean.”

“Can’t you see I’m imagining?”

“I didn’t know girls knew how to imagine.”

“Of course we do! We can do everything you can – and better!”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to suggest that you weren’t as good as…”

“What were you suggesting?”

“Nothing. I wasn’t suggesting anything. I…”

“Then mind your own business!”

“Ok ok… Take it easy. I’m going. I’m going.”

“Girls are crazy.” he told himself. “I was only trying to help. How was I to know they also imagined?”

Naïve as little boys are sometimes, he didn’t realize that little girls do. Do imagine, I mean. And even as he turned his way, this little girl’s mind was already forming, the images, sensations, and a matrimonial storyline.

“He loves me. I’m sure of it. And I love him too!”

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David Bonifacio

David Bonifacio Entrepreneur, social worker, writer, artist, CEO of Bridge, CEO of Elevation Partners, Managing Director of New Leaf Ventures. #db

13 thoughts on “Boys and Girls”

  1. HAHAHA what’s this supposed to mean?! GRABEEE but I’m reacting because it’s somewhat true. Before I’d fight this kind of stereotype, but I know better. I recognize it, and it’s good that there are men who recognize it too. At least they can help us :)) But I had this experience wherein the guy misread things too. When confronted he said, “I thought you liked me. You’re always smiling at me.” I was take aback. That’s when I realized that for some, a harmless usual thing can be “imagined” out of proportion. Tuloy when I see that person in church, I try not to smile as much just to safe guard his heart I guess. The power of one’s imagination. Can be deadly at times.

    1. So how do you draw the line? Practical steps to not come off aloof, or worse awkward, yet at the same time not sending out the wrong message? I think this would be a good question to be thrown at the forum.

  2. LOL. This reminds me of a certain school for girls, Assumption College! Hahahaha. It makes me wonder, that one can shake their head and sigh on how communication which is vital to life and relationships can also be the a tool to its downfall and destruction.

    So is it beneficial for a boy, before doing anything, to know or to keep in mind that most girls do imagine? And is it beneficial for a girl before imagining even further, to know and keep in mind that most boys do fall in love, este, most boys just do things that way without suggesting anything?

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