Yeah, or we really need a "Just Kidding" emoticon so people like you don't take statements like that so freaking seriously. But okay, let's take it your way. It's a matter of perspectives. From Michonne's perspective, of course it's a mother/son relationship. It helps her to have a kid to take care of that isn't a baby. But let's look at the facts from Carl's persepective: -No matter how motherly she is, Carl knows damn well she's not his mom and she's never going to truly replace his mom in his eyes. -He's a preteen boy. -The ZA has short-circuited any chance of him having a normal crush on a girl his age. -Michonne's kinda hot, and she has swords. Given all this, I have no trouble believing he has developed/is developing a crush on Michonne the more they spend time together and the relationship is therefore a "romance" - hence the quotes, although that should have been obvious - from Carl's perspective, given his limited experience.