Sunday, March 2, 2008

My First Crush

I'm sitting here watching an old Lifetime movie while T and J nap in the rocking chair. What a perfect afternoon. And, the perfect time to catch up on a meme.

Lori from Teacher Turned Mommy tagged me for 7 things about me (NOTE--I decided to focus this one on a specific situation--first crush, since I'm thinking/hoping to get tagged for this meme again!):

1. I had a killer crush on a guy (nicknamed "Italian Stallion"--I know, lame, but I was 14). He was a bodybuilder, rode a cool motorcycle, and hung out with a group that included the school "studs"--I use this term loosely, and this chubby, nerdy guy (he didn't quite fit with the rest of them--he was more about hitting the books than hitting the gym). I did some crazy things to get his attention . . .

2. I pretended to love mopeds so that he'd show me how to fix them. Yeah, I said fix. I have no idea what he showed me, but I'll never forget the way his sweaty Bruce Springsteen t-shirt clung to his body.

3. I stalked him. I would ride by his house on my bike. With friends. Without friends. A few times I rode by with one of my sisters in the baby seat in back. My mom even got into it a few times when she drove by, me crouched down in the passenger seat, in her minivan. We won't even get into how many times I "called" him . . .

4. The Stallion broke my heart when he showed up at the mall holding hands with a skanky blond girl. I don't know if she as skanky or not, but when you are only 15 and your heart is broken and another girl is the cause, she can't possibly be anything else.

5. The crush died the day after prom. Why, you ask? Well, I finally got the nerve to ask him out. I was 17! Yes, the crush had already lasted three years! That is, like, forever, like, you know! Well, we went to prom together, my prom, mind you. I [parents] paid for everything, including the limo. That's OK. It was my dream. I primped for hours, no, days preparing for my dream date. He showed up in a white tux (not cool), flexing his muscles, and playing with his hair. He proceeded to make fun of my friends, dance like John Travolta on the dance floor (cool in the 70s, not so much in the 90s), and give a running commentary on the attractiveness of the other couples the rest of the night. At the end of the evening, after insulting the limo driver for not knowing how to drive, he took me to his parent's house where he proceeded to leave me in the living room with his mom--we watched The Tonight Show together, while he went and played video games in the other room. (I'm thinking I might have to post a prom pic for a Wordless Wednesday . . . )

Obviously, regardless of my pretty pink, lacy dress, sparkling earrings, perfect tousled hair, and pink pearly polished toenails, it tanked. I can't fault him. Apparently, I was in "love" with the idea of Him--the perfect Him. He was really nothing like what I thought. And, the kiss. Ick. Yuck. Nothing like what I have imagined. There was no music playing or fireworks. My heart didn't go pitter patter and my toes didn't even curl--one bit. The crush was over as fast as it had begun.

6. Stallion and I remained friendly. I attended one of his parties the following summer and met an interesting guy. He was the chubby, nerdy guy that Stallion and his stud muffin buddies hung out with. We had a great conversation about school (he was in the engineering program) and how much he really didn't seem to fit in with Stallion and his buddies. Now, this chubby, nerdy guy was no longer chubby. He wasn't really nerdy, either--though smart (valedictorian, Merit scholar, Presidential scholar--good grief!). Quite honestly, I thought he was pretty darned good looking.

7. About a year later I met Stallion's girlfriend, Natalie, and we became the best of friends (one of the best things to come of that crush!). He hated it (turns out he had a nasty ego problem), especially since we shared stories about him (none that were all that flattering). She wanted us to go out as couples, but I had sworn off dating. She persisted and asked if there were any of Stallion's friends that I liked enough to go with "as friends." I said NO, thinking of all of Stallion's "studly" friends. BUT, then I quickly remembered the formerly chubby, intelligent guy I met at his party a year ago. Natalie set it up and within weeks I officially met T . . . we dated for four years . . . we got married . . . we had little J. Funny how things work out, huh?

I guess the moped lesson, the time spend stalking, and the wasted pink pearly polish were worth it after all!

Feel free to take this modified meme and share your first crush stories . . .

28 comments:

painted maypole said...

what a great story. i love how you did this meme.

Cheri said...

I too like what you did with this meme.

:-)

Huckdoll said...

Me too! What they said up there!

I guess everything is meant to be, huh?

Angela said...

Oh I love this...might have to do this one later today!!

Karen said...

I love it! The meme story thing was inspired, but even better was the way you and your husband finally got together.

Stacey @Real World Mom said...

Aw, what a great story! I love your wedding photo!

tommie said...

What a great way to do this meme....love the story.

Law Student Hot Mama said...

My first crush was this guy who turned out to be a total loser . . .he married and divorced this woman who was wicka and converted to it. Now, I think he's on welfare!

Kami said...

I just knew you were going to marry the "chubby" one!

Great story Laskigirl, waht a neat way to have met your hubby:-)

just jamie said...

Yes, please post the prom picture for WW. Looking forward to it.

RJTrue said...

Love this story. Can't wait to see the prom pic!

Colleen said...

Yep, he doesn't look a bit chubby or nerdy to me! :)

I would love to see the prom pic!

And, I'm kinda glad to know that I wasn't the only girl who half-stalked her crush in her early teens. *sigh*

The Immoral Matriarch said...

What a cute way to twist the meme! I loved it!

Misty said...

This was just PERFECT. I loved every second of reading it....

Jennifer said...

love what you did w/ the meme to make it about one certain thing. :) great idea. also LOVE LOVE LOVE your story of how you met and started dating your husband. Awesome story. and very nice wedding pic. i'm glad you found your prince charming! :)
xoxoxo jenn

Kathryn said...

No way!!! That is a fabulous story! I love how your worked this meme. Great job! Ah. I just love it.
And what a great lesson for a young girl to learn. You may be in love with the idea of someone not the actual person.
Perfect!

Pam said...

I don't even want to think about my first crushes - way too scary! But I LOVE this story! How amazing the way things work out....when we think it was all a waste and not worth anything, it works out to be the best things ever!

Amy said...

oh i always love a good love story. i saw this yesterday but just came back. sounds like fate!

Lori said...

I love how you did this! and what a great story to share with your little ones when they get older!

Amy said...

Oh I LOVED this!! What a great story!
I had an Italian Stallion of my own, and yeah when we finally went out, it so tanked!

Lori said...

Great story ~ I didn't see that ending coming!! Sometimes the dream is better than reality as far as the crush went! ha!

Lindsey said...

Awwww. What a sweet little story. It all works out in the end, doesn't it?

I had a major heartbreak (after 4 long years of togetherness), decided to go to Auburn (2 weeks before the quarter started), moved to AU and put myself through school. Thank goodness I did this....b/c AU is where I met my sweet husband. It all works out.

Lis Garrett said...

What an awesome turn of events! First crushes are seldom ever who they appear to be . . . (I've certainly had my share).

Pregnantly Plump said...

That's a great how we met story! None of my crushes ever did anything so cool as to introduce me to my husband.
I am glad you got up the courage to ask out your major crush and that he said yes!

BusyDad said...

Like I always say - everything happens for a reason! Even enduring cheesy guys in white tuxes. Sorry I skipped all the way down here. American Idol isn't really my thing, you know?

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute! M (a.k.a. Italian Stallion) made fun of us??? Whatever for? We were stylin' with our huge hair and mermaid-style lace-covered body hugging prom dresses with the ruffly hems. What's not to love? :P

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I got a little confused at first--I thought that the boy who was your crush died--I was picturing a motorcyle accident.

So the rest of the story was much happier than what I anticipated!

Karen MEG said...

Well then your first crush was really totally worth it!!!

What a pretty wedding photo too!

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