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Young Love

A love letter from an elementary school guy asking Ashley to be his girlfriend.

Let’s take a break from all the serious blogs and have some fun. Check out the letter below:

 

Ahhh, young love. Some things will never change. That's the first impression when seeing the above letter that an elementary schoolboy gave to the object of his affection—a girl named Ashley.

The unidentified youngster has decided to put his request in written form, a contract if you will. Perhaps he’s already planning a career in the legal field. However, Ashley clearly knows how to play the game, and she's not going to be easily wooed by this budding Casanova. She already has a boyfriend, Kyle. Well, at least for now.

Ashley has chosen to keep her options open. Though she circled "NO" she continued with a clarification that gives a glimmer of hope. Perhaps this was to ease the heartbreak of rejection, or maybe it was a way to keep Kyle as her current squeeze, with a back-up plan... just in case.

As far as the boy goes, he was, undoubtedly, crushed when he saw "NO" circled and learned he was a second choice. But this is tempered by the potential for winning Ashley’s affection in a month or two. It reminds me of a conversation between Lloyd and the beautiful Mary Swanson in Dumb And Dumber:

Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like you and a girl like me... ending up together?

Mary: Well, Lloyd, that's pretty difficult to say……Not good.

Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?

Mary: I'd say more like one out of a million.

Lloyd: So you're telling me there is a chance…..yeah!!!

As far as the boy goes, his future in the next month or two promises to be difficult. Will he or will he not get the girl? My advice is to put on a full court press to impress Ashley. She has left the door open a crack and with persistence, I bet he can win.

My advice to Kyle? Look out buddy, you are treading on thin ice. Ashley clearly doesn’t see you as a long term prospect.

As for Ashley, I have no advice—she clearly doesn’t need it. She is playing it smart and cool; let the best man win. I see her as a future politician or perhaps a Wall Street executive.

What do you think? Who will Ashley end up with? Stay tuned, I’ll keep you posted via the comments.

Dale Archer, M.D., is a clinical psychiatrist and author of The New York Times bestseller, Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional.

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