Children stayed children longer when I was young.
I know this, because I taught school for 29 years. The first few years were in high school and middle school, but the last 25 were in elementary school. I can remember when girls were adjusting to training bras in 6th and 7th grade. Now they are wearing them in 4th, and some girls that age are well past the training stage. My 4th and 5th graders almost all had boyfriends and girlfriends. I've seen a little 4th grade boy sit at his desk in class and cry unabashadly, because his girlfriend had left him, heart totally broken.
I discovered boys when I was in the 8th grade. I still remember his name, after all these years. I was afraid to let him know I liked him, for fear of being laughed at, so it was only later, after I had moved my attention to someone else, that I found out that David had liked me, too. We were so terribly naive.
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