A girl showed up at our door and asked if Ben could come out.
He says they are "just friends" and that he doesn't like her "like that".
I pointed out that girls don't usually show up at a boy's house and ask them to come out unless she likes the boy "like that". He says all her friends just moved away.
Either he is clueless, or he thinks I am. Not sure which.
She has come by the last two days in a row and asked him to come out. After the second time, I had a talk with him. I told him they need to have a third person with them at all times. I know they are just walking around the neighborhood talking, but there are reputations to consider. If they go around a corner, or behind a tree, or into some shade, anyone who sees them might think "typical teen" thoughts. I told him he needs to be mindful of her reputation, and of the fact that her parents may come hunt him down if they think (or hear) anything "teenagery" is going on. I could tell he thinks I'm being too protective.
This is going to be the beginning of some very long years, I believe.