Love to see you

14th February 1997 at 00:00
Children's Express reports on romance. Pfungwa Chipatiso (10) is in Year 5 at St Paul's primary school, Islington, north London

I had my first girlfriend when I was six. I two-timed her but she found out and dumped me. I was really upset. She goes to a different school now but we still keep in touch.

I'd like to have a girlfriend right now. Every boy in my class has a girlfriend. I feel left out but I'm planning to ask a girl to go on a date soon. I've already asked her once but she said no because all her friends were there. Now if I want to ask a girl on a date I would tell her on the phone. If you asked her at school everybody would say "Oooooh!" I did date a girl for about six months once but I found out that she was seeing another man - my best friend.

At school, boys take girls to McDonald's, Pizza Huts or to the cinema on a date. The boy has to pay and their mum goes as well. My friend has a girlfriend but they just sit next to each other in class.

I would take a girl out somewhere. When I had a girlfriend I gave her presents. I borrowed a ring from my mum's dressing table and gave it to her. She was pleased. She kissed me on the cheek and said, "Thank you." My mum found out though and I had to take it back.

A perfect girl for me would be handsome, a little bit younger than me and someone who likes to dance. She'd also have to not live with her parents. She could come and live with me. But I don't think my mum would let her until I'm older.

I've had loads of Valentine's cards. I send loads every year. This year I might send one to this really handsome girl in my class. She's going out with my best friend so I think he might kill me if I do.

If I had a girlfriend I would tell the whole world. I would be very proud. If a girl asked me out on a date then I think I would faint. But if any girl would like to go on a date with me they can contact me.

Cenk Ceki (9) is in Year 5 at Argyle Primary School King's Cross, London

I have never had a girlfriend because I'm not ready yet. I think I'm too young. It's not popular to have a girlfriend or boyfriend at my school. I don't think that anyone in my school has a girlfriend or boyfriend but if they did they'd keep it a secret anyway. If I had a girlfriend at primary school I would keep it a secret because everyone would tease me and make up rumours about me.

At school the boys don't like working with girls and the girls don't like working with boys either. If the teacher tells us that we have to work together then sometimes we do.

If girls and boys didn't go out with each other they wouldn't get married and have babies. That's why I think that it's important to have a girlfriend but I don't want one right now.

I think that I might want a girlfriend when I'm older. Maybe in high school or something. I would look for a bit of everything in a girlfriend. She would have to be pretty and blonde. She would be the same age as me but she wouldn't have to have the same hobbies as me. If I had a girlfriend I would buy her presents like flowers and candy.

If I wanted to get a date with a girl then I would ask her if I could take her somewhere nice. If I was at high school I would take them to the best place I could take them - if it didn't cost too much money.

If a really nice girl asked me and I was older I might go out with her. If she had a boyfriend then I think I would say no but if she was really, really good I would take the risk.

I won't send any Valentine cards this year. I don't know anyone I could send one to - apart from my mum.

Children's Express is a programme of learning through journalism for children aged eight to 18. A charity, it provides a news service that promotes the views and investigations of young people.

Inquiries to: Children's Express, Exmouth House, Pine Street, London EC1 R OJH. Editors Julia Press, aged 16, and Stuart Fletcher, aged 14, interviewed Cenk Ceki and Pfungwa Chipatiso.

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