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Friday, July 9, 2010

Puppy Love

The other day, one of my favorite bloggers, Jenny Mac at Let's have a Cocktail, did a post about the evolution of a crush.  If you haven't read it yet, click here.   That got me thinking about some of my first crushes and I chuckled at the memories and decided to share.

The first that comes to mind was Peter Ward.  He was 3 years older than I and used to come over to our farm to hang out with my older brothers.  I was 5 at the time,  Sometimes he came over and my brothers weren't home.  I thought he was the best thing since sliced bread, and once he kissed me on my cheek behind the barn!  I was in heaven, and to be honest, that crush lingered on the back burner, so to speak, right into high school.  (I obviously attached much more meaning to that smack than he did!)  I even got so bold as to call him the summer after I graduated from high school and let him know that if he ever wanted to take in a movie or something, I'd be available.  Since he didn't jump on me on that invitation, I finally decided that it was a sad case of unrequited crush!

In first grade, I sat behind Eric Weed.  He had blond shorter-than-buzz-cut hair and deep dimples.  I tried to get his attention by putting a tack in his chair when he went to use the pencil sharpener.  When he returned to his seat, he sat on it and let out a yelp, which got the attention of our teacher, Miss Young.  I ended up getting the palm of my hand spanked with a ruler (such corporal punishment would probably open the school to lawsuit today!).  As for Eric, he obviously totally missed the point!

At a class reunion a few years ago, a classmate, Tommy Smith, reminded me that we had "a moment" in Miss Young's coatroom.  It seems we had a clandestine meeting there where we stole a kiss.  To be fair, I have no memory of said "moment," so I don't know if that one counts.  Curse the loss of memory that comes with age!

Then there was second grade I sat next to Terry Fortin.  I remember he was a little chunky (probably shopped in the Husky department) and had black hair and freckles.  I thought he was pretty cute.  Once again, I got bold and wrote him a note.  "Dear Terry,  I love you.  Do you love me?  Eva."  The insensitive clod wrote back "Are you CRAZY?" and totally crushed my crush!  (Actually, Terry grew up to be a very nice person, even though I probably never forgave him his crassness until now.)

The last "unrequited crush" I remember was Buster Bean.  I don't think Buster was his real name, but he had come to spend the summer with some neighbors and soon discovered there were several boys down the road (my older brothers) and started hanging out at our house quite a bit.  I would have been 10 or 11 at the time and he was probably 15.  He did not know I existed.  He had a mad crush on my older sister.  ( To be fair, she was 14 or 15 and had boobs.  I didn't even have buds yet!)  This time the shoe was on the other foot.  As much as he mooned after sis, she couldn't stand him.  Of course my brothers teased my sister unmercifully about him, which didn't help his cause one bit!  Even when during a game of "kick the can," when she deliberately kicked the can in his direction, and he ended up with a bleeding cut on his ear. his ardor didn't cool.  He spent the summer trying to gain her attention, while I pined away in the background.  Sometimes there's just no justice!
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How about you?  Anyone else out there willing to share their early heartthrobs?

note:  the names of the fellows in this post are real; it isn't my intention to embarrass any of them, but maybe to explain my goofy conduct as a silly, enamored child.  I harbor no ill-will to any of them; it obviously was bad timing on my part; they were just too young to recognize and appreciate my adorableness!  I remember them all with fondness.
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17 comments:

Kristina P. said...

You were a floozy! :)

I actually had a neighbor boy when I was in kindergarten that I had a crush on. We liked to steal kisses now and then.

Brian Miller said...

tracy...she was a beauty queen...(for reelz)...and wrote me a 28 page response including samples of her nail polish...to end with NO....it was rather funny in retro spect but agaonizing in reality...

DJan said...

I do remember a boy in a school where we met on the playground and mooned over each other. I really liked him then, but now I can't remember anything like his name or even where it all happened, other than fooling around on the monkey bars!

lakeviewer said...

I didn't have too many crushes. It was fun to read about yours, though.

glnroz said...

I giggled a couple of times this morning,, thnx,,

Jen said...

That was a funny, Eva! Wow "kick the can", "hide and seek", "red light"......those were fun times!

I didn't have many "crushes"....I was wwwaaaaaaaaayyy too shy!

Steven Anthony said...

soooooooooooooooooooo cute;)

my first crush was a girl named misty...we held hands and kissed one afternoon, the next day at school she beat the crap out of me on the playground....lol

R. J. said...

I think of a "crush" as a passing fancy, so yes, I had a bunch of those but no, I don't think I'll share them. You did such a great story about yours, mine sound very tame because mine existed in my mind only.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

I'd wager that Eric certainly did NOT miss the point, in fact, he sat right on it! :) Oh wait, I see what you're saying.

Pat said...

Well, let's see, I was a "cougar" when I was 5 and had a boyfriend named Brian who was 4! He wanted me to stay overnight but my mother wouldn't allow it! She said that I would understand when I got older why it wasn't appropriate!

I had a boyfriend in 7th grade who was at least a head shorter than me - he enjoyed it (I had boobs even back then) but I didn't!

Eighth grade was my first real love - Victor.

High School - I dated guys for about 5 months and then moved on to the next guy! There was Dennis, and Dennis, and Al (who actually broke MY heart!) and then I actually got engaged at 16 - can you believe it?! That didn't last - the guy joined the Air Force and I ended up sending him a Dear John letter! I married the guy I had broken up with the AF guy. But that marriage lasted 7 years and then HE cheated on ME.

Geez - I should have made this into a post instead of a comment. I'm sorry!

It sure is a heartbreak when you have a crush on someone and the like someone else, though!

Unknown Mami said...

I love crushes. I find them delightful. I think many of my crushes had no idea.

Eva Gallant said...

Steven: So you had a little S & M fettish way back then, huh?

Jen: Awww....and you were so cute, sis!

Glen: Always glad to give you a giggle!

samsstuff said...

I've always been clueless about the guys who had crushes on me & I'm sure many of the guys I had crushes on where also clueless...

I loved reading your stories, thank you for stopping by my blog (Random Stuff by SAM), I thought I'd return the favor & say hi back!

Rose said...

can't think about any crush. your telling us about was interesting. have a good wekend

Respectfully Yours said...

Alas, it was Grade 2. I loved David Y. He was in fact an on and off boyfriend for the span of 17 years believe it or not. He lived down the street from me and every few years or so we would try the on again off again relationship thing. Hmmm, puppy love.

Eva Gallant said...

Respectfully: 17 years us ine LONG crush!

Rose: You too, Rose!

Meeko Fabulous said...

Oh gosh! I've had so many crushes over the years!