So here is how it goes. A conversation between me and my sweet student...
"My mom said I'm too young to have a boyfriend. So I have to dump him."
"Yeah. Third grade is pretty young for a serious relationship."
"Yeah. He rubs my back."
"That's bad news."
"I'm gonna dump him. COLE!!!!!! I GOTTA TELL YOU SOMETHING!!!!! It's over. We were never really together to begin with." And she runs away laughing. With her two friends.
He stands there stunned for a moment. Eyes getting a little cloudy. Chance of precipitation increasing. And I step in. "Hey, Cole. What's up? I heard you beat Ben in a race yesterday."
"... Yeah. I did."
"You ok? What'd she say?"
In runs the chick crew again. "COLE! Aren't you going to chase us?" Pause. Big smiles. And he takes off running after her and her friends just slow enough to give them a head start.
Hmmm... so that's how it's done.