Hello, Mini-Women! Did you know that you are amazing? Your ideas for our next topic were wise beyond your years, and I am so impressed. Just as you suspected, it was very hard to choose one (though I am keeping all of them in a file for the future), so I'm doing what HOLLY suggested. I'm combining a couple of them that go together in a funky kind of way!
A lot of you want to talk about the boy thing. As BROWNIE GIRL pointed out, tweens are way young for the dating topic -- but it's completely natural to wonder how to get along with these strange creatures, and it's healthy to want to do it in a godly way. They can be A.L.C.s -- so there's the teasing and disgusting-ness to deal with. They can actually be pretty nice at times, and you kind of want to hang out with them but you don't exactly know how. People are telling you to stay away from them completely because they aren't "safe" and yet they seem perfectly harmless to you. You wonder -- do they think you're pretty? -- will they always be this weird? -- is your dad right when he says you can't date 'til you're thirty? So, yes, we're going to talk about boys in a way that's appropriate for your age. (Which means we won't be talking about dating, kissing, and assorted other stuff that needs to be left 'til later.)
AND we're going to approach this topic with God firmly in mind. What does God say about girls-and-boys? Can we be amazing Christians and still cope with their armpit noises and evil teasing? Is there a way we can be friends with them the way Jesus tells us to love our friends? Your attitude toward the opposite gender is going to be an important part of your life, and now is an excellent time to start shaping it -- God's way. We're going to be referring to fruits of the spirit and witnessing and a lot of other things you wanted to talk about -- things that you'll be able to apply to other relationships, too.
You remember that I'm going to be away on a spiritual retreat and won't be blogging again until November 2, right? While I'm gone, I hope you'll really, REALLY be careful to follow the rules and not start chatting (Keep in mind that every comment you make shows up on my email, which I won't be checking for a whole week . . .) Try your best to stick to commenting on the assignment, which is this:
WHAT ARE YOUR FIVE BIGGEST QUESTIONS ABOUT BOYS?
Think about it. Pray about it. Then post your questions. That will give me lots to work with when I come back to the blog.
If you have posted your questions and you still have a burning need to make a comment, you can do this:
TELL US YOUR FUNNIEST STORY ABOUT A BOY. IT MAY BE AN EMBARRASSING MOMENT, A TIME WHEN A BOY TOTALLY MADE A BOY-FOOL OF HIMSELF, OR JUST A GREAT MOMENT YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT. (OBVIOUSLY WE WANT TO RESPECT THEM AS HUMAN BEINGS . . . EVEN IF THEY DON'T ALWAYS SEEM QUITE HUMAN WHEN THEY'RE BEING ALC'S! )
Have fun. Support each other. And please pray for me as I spend my time growing closer and closer to God.