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Friday, September 11, 2009

Young Love...

Most of my teenage secrets reside right here.  
A few weeks ago I glanced at my Facebook account and on the right hand side under "Highlights"  I saw that my 15 year-old daughter was "IN A RELATIONSHIP"!  Just a day before we had been talking after her day at school and I asked how things went.  I will not get the exact words correct for our conversation (some thing my teen likes to point out when I retell stories) but it went something like this:  

me: So, how was your day? 
her: fine.
me: anything interesting or fun happen today? 
her: well, yeah actually I think I have a boyfriend.  
me:  you THINK you have a boyfriend?  What does that mean?  
her: well, this guy asked me if I wanted to go out sometime.
me: what does that mean (go out)?
her: like to a movie or just hang out
me: what does that mean (just hang out)? 
her: I don't know Mom!  I've never had a boyfriend before!  

Originally when we started this conversation I was getting ready to just rest for a few minutes on the couch.  Suddenly I wasn't in the mood to rest.  My son is the eldest child in our house by two years.  He's also the most shy of the two siblings.  I haven't been down this path with him.  AND, he's my son.  Somehow THIS is more personal to me.  I actually panicked a bit over this news.  But I said to my daughter, 

me: Well, It is nice when someone you like happens to like you back too.  

Then I started to think back about my first boyfriend.  Can my daughter be as lucky as me?  My first was one of the most fun, kind, sweet, caring, considerate boys a young girl could have as a boyfriend.  I was 15 and a freshman.  He was 17 and a senior.  I attended a very small school, so everyone knew everyone from K through 12.  

Then I started to read through some of my old diaries.  I was shocked to find that I had many guys I thought of as my boyfriend BEFORE what I now think of as my first boyfriend.  Which has led me to think that definitions can be tricky.  I am sure that as a 13 year old I used the term boyfriend (BF) more loosely than I would today.  I consider a BF, someone exclusive  with whom you are paired for a length of time, longer than a day, a few hours or in a dream.  Also that person knows that you exist and agrees to be exclusive with you.  For example, in my first diary (the yellow one in the photo) nearly ever entry ends with me professing my love, heart and soul to Shaun Cassidy.  In my next diary I noted on October 2nd that it was a "BAD DAY SHAUN CASSIDY GETTING MARRIED (but he's still cute!)"  How disastrous for me!  I wrote that  "it was announced (on the bus radio) that he was marrying a former Playboy model.  I felt like crying and half the kids on the bus turned around and looked right at me.  I was embarrassed."  Two sentences later I must have recovered because I talked about how nice a certain boy (who I now consider my first BF) was.  I also noted that this nice boy hung around with a bunch of "hunks" and "foxes".  

Oh, young love!  I do realize that my daughter will have many boyfriends.  That's how it should be so she can figure out who is her perfect match in life.  I just hope her heart doesn't get broken too often and that she's with people who will respect her wishes.  Hopefully she won't break too many hearts along the way either.  

As for my old diaries...wait 'til you hear the OTHER stories I have to share!  :) 

Oh Shaun, you missed out Honey!  


comfrey cottages said...

omg i am laughing my butt off, smiling wistfully, and wanting to hug you all at the same time! i was in love with captain kirk when i was in third grade and devastaded (for a few minutes) when he married! lol i have a feeling shaun did miss out!!;-) so cute! thanks for sharing hon!

SAHM said...

This is great! I am already planning my blog post of reflecting on my young "loves"! I can only imagine your turmoil over seeing your own daughter enter this crazy time, however. Yikes! Thanks for sharing. This is great, and what a treasure to have those diaries!

Scube said...

weird, I thought they were more interesting when I read them long ago.......and I never did get the Shaun Cassidy thing or the trip to Alpine Valley so you could see him......

Hootie said...

I knew you read my diaries! Brothers! Alpine Valley was great! I think Shaun was there...sitting so far back made it a little hard to tell. That was before they had Jumbotrons. :)

And CC, Capt. Kirk was a stud too! :)

Kimara@weefolkart said...

I am so jealous that you have diaries. I wrote poetry, and on one of those ridiculous young adult purging bins, I actually threw away EVERYTHING! (One of my life's travesties!) But I must say what I have to consider my first BF... my older brother's best friend... didn't look at me as a possibility for years! (But later... sigh... some good moments!) Anyway, at the time, he felt like my BF... I remember the last line of one of my pained poems... "The only way I'll have my love, is in my precious dreams!" The joy of having a teenage daughter is churning up memories. I hope you 2 really enjoy this time together. Those years are when I crossed over from JUST being my daughter's mom, to her BFF. Enjoy :)

Lauranie said...

I, too, am laughing with tears in my eyes!!! Too funny!! I didn't have diaries, but I did have a lot of "Sign In" notebooks!! You know the ones where every page has a question and everyone who signs in answers the question and puts their # by it? I look back on them from time to time and it just cracks me up!! I think it is very important to remember those times...especially when you have children. It really helps you to be able to "relate"!! I am so not looking forward to the heartbreaks, but your sweet girl will be just fine!! :)