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Second Son broke up with his former girlfriend a couple of months ago. Of course, I am the last to know anything, so I was somewhat confused when he and one of the neighbor’s daughters started ‘hanging out’ together.

PDD has been friends with this particular girl for awhile now. She’s only 6 months younger than Second Son, but she is the youngest of her family (like PDD) and when she’s with PDD, she’s finally older than somebody in her world. LOL She’s had a crush on Second Son for as long as I’ve known her (they moved into the neighborhood about 2 1/2 years ago – a few months before our fire) and I’m sure that hangin’ with PDD also gave her a better ‘view’. To her credit, she really does spend time with and pay attention to PDD, so it’s not a case of ‘putting up with’ PDD to be around Second Son.

When Second Son spent the week at University of Tulsa (6/9-6/13), she pretty much spent the week over here with PDD. We did ‘girl stuff’ that week and celebrated the absence of testosterone in the house. We watched chick flicks and one evening, she flat-ironed PDD’s hair (PDD just LOVES straight hair, of course, since hers is so dang curly) and we put a perm in my hair.

Given the situation Second Son may have gotten himself into with another girl (when I can write coherently about it, I’ll fill you all in), this girl is impressing me with a maturity not often seen in girls her age – hell, girls ANY age! She’s got a strong sense of self and I really like that. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I’m happy she and PDD are such good friends – PDD could use a good example of that in her life, particularly in one of her peers.

Another great asset this girl has, as far as I’m concerned, is she still is very much a kid. She loves to goof around and take pictures with PDD making crazy faces and is not at all embarrassed by her hair being messed up. See? Strong sense of self. Love it! She’s a much needed breath of fresh air around here, so that’s what I’ll call her around here: Fresh Air.