Can you have kid friends if you’re an adult? Like, an adult who has friends who are kids? Because I think I have kid friends.

There are four neighborhood boys, 8, 7, 2, and 2. The 8 and 2 year old are brothers, Max and Mikey, and the 7 and other 2 year old are also brothers, Hank and Al. Hank and Max are besties, and Mikey and Al are as besties as 2 year olds get.

When I got home today, Max and Hank asked me if I would play with them. This has been happening more. I get home, they want to play with me. I had to mow the lawn first, so I did that, then somehow got talked to taking the two of them to the park. They kicked a ball around, wrestled with each other, then ran off to their “secret” fort.

Their secret fort is a bramble of lilac bushes around some rocks. It’s been there for YEARS. I literally played in that same fort when I was a kid. So after they teased me that I couldn’t get them, and that I was scared of going inside their “secret” fort, I informed them that I knew of, and used to play in, this fort.

They kept insisting I couldn’t get them, and I kept insisting I didn’t care. I wasn’t trying to “get them.” I was there because we’d agreed we’d play kickball, not hide in bushes. Then they started trying to tackle me. Being less than 60 pounds each, I pretty easily fought them off, and even spun them around a bit. Then they wanted more spinning, which ended quickly because...60 pounds each.

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Then we played in the playground. They decided they wanted to move into the park with me.

“We’ll get cold,” I pointed out to them. “NO WAY!!!”

“How will we eat?” I asked. “We’ll ROB OTHER HOUSES!!!” “That’s illegal,” I informed them.

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“How are we going to watch t.v.?” The one who seems more science-inclined mentioned he’d seen people watching tv on tablets while camping. He actually had a good point.

I think I did manage to talk them out of wanting to move into the park. We walked home, and on the walk, they wanted to know if I could take them to the park again, like tomorrow or over the weekend. I said I couldn’t because I was going to see a movie with my boyfriend on Friday (Mad Max, they were jealous and wanted to go). They also said that me “smooching” my boyfriend is decidedly “gross.” I disagreed, and said that’s what adults do when they like each other.

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I mean, we don’t share deep stuff with each other, but we do things together. Is that what you do with kid friends? Do I have kid friends?