The object of Abby's affection is also a well known guy--in fact, she isn't smitten with the guy so much as the character he plays. This all started when, some months ago, we finally got around to recording and letting Abby watch Disney's High School Musical. I had heard gobs about it, but had never seen it. Abby had heard about it from all her friends, and begged to see it. As much as I hate to admit it, Matt and I actually like the silly thing. It's cute. For those of you who live under a rock (or at least don't live with a young girl), the basic concept is Grease--without the sex, alcohol, or drag racing. It's squeaky clean and has some very catchy songs. After viewing it, Matt and I deemed it an acceptable craze for our daughter and let her proceed. And proceed she did. The child has two HSM shirts, a purse, a necklace, a bike helmet...it keeps going. She has seen both HSM and HSM 2 a zillion times each, and begs for more.
Recently, though, Abby's attentions have shifted from the movie in general to the male lead specifically. Played by Zac Efron (a cutie, even I have to admit), Troy is a basketball player and, as it turns out, one huckuva singer.
Now, Abby has no clue who Zac Efron is--that is Troy to her. Troy is real and Troy is HER man. She claims to dream about Troy most nights, and her HSM viewings now consist of maintaining a count of how many times she sees Troy's belly button during the movie. Now, Troy never appears shirtless in the movie--her BBS (belly button sightings) come from painstakingly watching the movie for a glimpse of his abdomen when he's dancing and his shirt bounces up. When it shows itself, she squeals like he showed it just for her.
Matt and I alternate beween amusement and terror at this development. HOW did she learn how to have a crush at such a young age? Who taught her to get excited about a belly button? I suppose we should be relieved that he's such a G-rated guy, and also that he's someone that she'll probably never meet. Lord help us when she gets her first in-person love. For that matter, help him, whoever he may be.