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The Texas Education Agency has done us a service by providing a definition of what it means to solicit a romantic relationship. Regulations tell us that this term means “deliberate or repeated acts that can be reasonably interpreted as soliciting a relationship characterized by an ardent emotional attachment or pattern of exclusivity.”
Of course the regulation looks unfavorably on such relationships, but we must remember the context. Between educators and students, a romantic relationship is not a good thing. But let us not throw out the baby with the bath water. Romantic relationships are a good thing. Thus if we turn the definition around, we can get a roadmap as to exactly what one should do in order to pursue that Special Someone. Thus the Dawg recently sent a card to Mrs. Dawg that read as follows:
Sweetheart: This card is deliberately intended to convey the message that I am seeking a relationship with you that is characterized by an ardent emotional attachment. Furthermore, I hope you seek an ardent and exclusive emotional attachment to me as well.
The regulations give examples of signs that a romantic relationship is underway. We should look for “inappropriate hugging, kissing or excessive touching.”
So I included that in my communication to her: “I would like to hug you inappropriately. I think it would be mutually advantageous to engage in some excessive touching.”
We’ll see how that goes. You should try it!
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