Here's an unexpected turn of events.
The boy who asked Matilda to the dance is the boy I know many of the girls last year giggled about. He's the one with the pretty eyes. He's Mister Popularity.
Matilda turned him down!
She apparently told him flat out over the phone that she didn't want to go to the dance with him. She and three of her girlfriends are planning to go together instead.
By the way, we have Gary to thank for this clever bit of parental sleuthing. All I could get out her last night was that yes, that was a boy on the phone and yes, he'd asked her to the dance.
Gary got her talking. He asked if she liked this particular boy, and she said no, not really.
"Does he know you don't like him?" asked Gary.
"He does now!" Matilda shrugged.
I think I love that kid.