From the Mailbag: 4-year-old Boys on Romance

I've been meaning to share this one for almost a year...and keep forgetting! This email came from a reader named Jenny last year, and it ranks up in the top-five reader emails I've ever received. The book she's referring to is Nine Rules, and the image she's referring to is this one.

My little four-year-old man saw your book in my bag and said..."Wow, look at that big book, is that yours?"  To which I said, "It is.  This is my grown up book."  Matty (my main little 3-foot plus squeeze) then proceeded to pull it out of my bag and flip through it looking for pictures.  He was quite disappointed, at first.  And then he saw the inside cover...he paused and looked at it thoughtfully, as if trying to process exactly what he was looking at.  And then he handed me back the book, looked up at me with his big blue eyes and said, "Wow, they must REALLLLLY be in love huh?"  I couldn't overcome my hysterical laughter for a while after that.  And then I looked at him, nodded and said, "Yep sweetie, they sure are."  I knew I had to find a way to contact you to share this story.  I hope it brought a little laughter to your day.

Is that not the a) cutest and b) funniest thing you've ever read? I love how serious Matty was about the naughty bits obviously meaning that the hero and heroine care for each other. And this is what I tell moms when they express concern over their daughters reading romance. I tell them that I prefer that young readers have access to stories where sex is more than just a thing you try, but instead a real step on a journey toward something remarkable. It sounds cheesy, I know. But I believe it's true.

Anyway. Thanks so much Jenny for sending me this email about you and Matty. If you want to send me a note, here's my contact page, or you can send me something old fashioned at the following PO Box: Sarah MacLean, PMB 111, 358 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215.