"Let me rephrase that. You do need to think about what you are going to say to Emily," I tell Kevin. We are hanging out on the front steps of the school.
"What I meant was that if you think too long about the fact that you don't know what to say, you will chicken out. I promise."
"What do you suggest, then?" Kevin asks. I can tell that he is really listening now. He's probably thinking about what I said to Charlotte. So, I clue him in.
"Girls like to be surprised. They like their guy or guy-to-be to go out of his way to think of her. But, it doesn't have to be fancy like a movie or a restaurant. In fact, it can be simple." I pick a nearby flower and give it to Kevin. "Now, I am not giving you a flower. Just demonstrating how simple it can be to get her attention."
Kevin looks at the flower, giving it a funny look. Then, he throws it on the ground. "All right. Flowers. Got it. That shouldn't cost too much."
"You're missing the point, Kevin. Money is okay, and some girls would love that, but it isn't necessarily from the heart. You can do flowers that you buy. That's cool. But, I wouldn't do a hallmark card. Make one yourself with a simple poem that you write yourself. And, don't do any of this over the phone. Do it in person or don't do it at all."
Kevin looks at me for a while and then nods. I smile, happy that I could be of help. I just hope he listens. "Now, to answer your previous question, I do like to ride bikes. Show me your nastiest course, and I will beat you to the bottom."