Monday, May 14, 2012

My first loves!

Today, Alex Cavanaugh is hosting the First Loves Blogfest, a chance for participants to blog about their first loves in movies, music, books, and people. Here are my picks:

First Movie: Dirty Dancing

I was about fifteen when this movie came out and at the age when anything romantic made me swoon. I fell in love with Patrick Swayze the moment I saw the film, and I desperately wanted to be Baby! I don't think my husband really understands how the line "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" can make my heart melt the way it does. Here's that climactic scene:



First Music: Cyndi Lauper

I love Cyndi! My uncle gave me a cassette of her first album, She's So Unusual, back when I was about thirteen. I admired her unique talent and her undeniably carefree spirit. (I loved her hair, too, but my mom wouldn't let me copy it!)

Two of my all-time favorite songs are "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and "Time After Time."







First Book: Little Women

This category was difficult for me because I've read so many great books in my life. However, the one I find myself coming back to year after year is Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Of all the characters, I think I identify most with Jo because I admire how hard she works to follow her writing dreams.

First Love: Matt B.

I was twelve years old and in the seventh grade when I had my first real boyfriend, Matt, who was thirteen and in the eighth grade. We met in band class, where we both played the clarinet. I don't remember how we started "going out"--a silly thing to call it actually, since neither of us could drive and we really didn't go anywhere--but we used to dance together at junior high school dances and call each other every night. He also used to carry my books to class for me, which I was a little embarrassed about then but now think was sweet.

Matt gave me my first kiss--on a little-used staircase near the band room. We broke up a few months later, although I can't remember why. We did date again for a few weeks the next year, but after that, we were just friends. I often wonder what became of him.


So what were your first loves? Click the First Loves Blogfest button at the top of this post to read about other people's firsts.

102 comments:

  1. I didn't get that First Loves was a theme going around - and kept being surprised that everyone was so synchronized with their blogging topics.
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    I'll have to think about my first loves in all these categories... as far as human first love goes, I'm still waiting! (Bozo - I had to change my name)

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  2. I loved Dirty Dancing and had the cassette tape soundtracks for it. :)

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  3. Loved reading your First Loves, and oh yeah I agree Patrick Swayze was total eye candy in that movie.

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    1. Patrick Swayze was total eye candy in any movie. Remember Ghost? Who could forget that incredible love scene with the potter's wheel. Sigh....

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    2. Ghost is probably my second or third favorite movie. Love it!

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  4. We are almost twins, except for our love of Matt B. I'm sure if I'd only known him I would have loved him too. Seriously, though DIRTY DANCING?!?! It probably changed the whole course of my life. I've thought many times of writing an essay about it. And I have the funniest video of myself lip syncing to TIME AFTER TIME. Ha! It's quite embarrassing really.

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    1. LOL I would love to see that video! ;)

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  5. you and my daughter share the dirty dancing and little women part--i knew the story of little women--but don't remember if i had ever truly read it until she became obsessed with it and have seen all three versions of the movie!

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    1. It's a great book! I can't wait for my daughter to read it.

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  6. Girls just wanna have fu-un!
    Cyndi makes me remember my pre-teens. Wow, was that a great time.

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  7. Dirty Dancing was my no. 2 movie, lol! And Cyndi Lauper...awesome!

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    1. LOL You know I had to head over to your blog to find out your number 1! ;)

      Cyndi is great! :)

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  8. What fun. Too bad I missed seeing the announcement to do this blog fest. I think a lot of us women who write identify with Jo in Little Women. I know she was one of my first inspirations.

    Glad you liked my post today, I figured you would be able to relate. (smile)

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    1. I think you can still sign up today. :)

      Oh, could I ever relate to your post! Loved it!

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  9. My first romantic love was the boy who lived down the street from me, Joe. My best friend kissed him during a party in my basement, and it took me a year to speak to her again. She knew I was mad about him but kissed him anyway.

    That was too many years ago to count, but my girlfriend and I are still friends and in touch. I did forgive her after a while when Joe had the nerve to marry the high school prom queen.

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    1. I had a "friend" like that. Grr... Glad to hear that the two of you are still friends today. :)

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  10. I was a big Cyndi Lauper fan too. If I was allowed, I would have dyed my hair orange!

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  11. Awww. I loved Dirty Dancing. I remember my mom thinking I was too young to watch it, and I convinced my friend's mom to let us rent it on VHS (sigh... old alert). When she found out, she was pretty bent. But I didn't care, because I was hooked. And forever ruined for dance-cinema. I now take some kind of great enjoyment out of the Step It Up movies. LOL

    Great post!

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  12. This is a cute meme! It would have been interesting to see whatever happened to Matt; first loves, always special :)

    I too like Cindi Lauper's music, back then (gosh I'm dating myself) what she wore would be considered a bit outlandish, now it is almost normal :)

    Little Women, such a classic book!

    betty

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    1. I agree, Betty. Her clothes back then seemed crazy, but I don't think people would look twice if they saw her dressed that way now.

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  13. Time after time.... and Little Women, Thanks for reminding me :)

    Sharing the Love!
    English Speaking Zone

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. I'm off to read your firsts. :)

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  14. Thanks for visiting my blog - and your first love sounds a bit like my Edward - except I didn't ever get a kiss from him (maybe we were a bit too young at 9!)

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      Thanks for dropping by.

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  15. Loved Little Women (in fact I just read it again a couple of weeks ago) and I love Cyndi Lauper.

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    1. They're both great! I think a reread of Little Women is in order soon. :)

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  16. guys just want to have fun... where is weird al when you need him?

    We all love something...right!
    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

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  17. Cindi Lauper was pretty cool, although I had no desire to copy her hair or clothing.

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    1. I loved how much of an individual she was--and is. :)

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  18. Love Time After Time and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Great music choices! Your band romance sounds sweet.

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    1. Unfortunately, my parents didn't think so. LOL

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  19. Cindi, Little Women and Dirty Dancing - memories memories

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    1. I know! It's fun going back in time for a while. :)

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  20. This sounded like a fun blogfest. I wish I would have jumped into it this morning. All your picks brought back memories for me. "I had the time of my life" had to be one of my first favorite songs. Cyndi Lauper was/is one of my favorites!

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    1. That's a great song! I'll never hear it without thinking about Dirty Dancing. :)

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  21. I read another blog that named Dirty Dancing. Girls do just wanna have fun.

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    1. I've seen several mention that film. :)

      LOL You're right: girls do! ;)

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  22. I didn't know about this First Loves meme going around. Oh well. Your post is really great. I remember Cyndi Lauper and Dirty Dancing and all that stuff. Cute story about your first boyfriend, too!

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  23. I liked Cyndi Lauper's music. I didn't quite get her style, though!

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    1. LOL She was in a class all her own in terms of style, that's for sure!

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  24. I love DIRTY DANCING! Did as a teen, and I still do today.
    Very cute story about your first love, too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. :)

      I watch Dirty Dancing every time it's on TV. I never get tired of it!

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  25. Oh gosh, Dirty Dancing and Cyndi Lauper!!! They could have been my next picks, easily. And Little Women, I love that one too, esp. since I know have four daughters!

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    1. We must be kindred spirits! :)

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  26. Wonderful! I've just discovered your lovely blog, and I'm a new follower! So nice to meet you ~ :)
    Best,
    Anne ♥♥

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  27. I LOVE Dirty Dancing and that scene! Such a good movie! And I like Cyndi Lauper too. :)

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    1. I'm glad there's so much love here for Dirty Dancing! My husband sure doesn't get it. LOL

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  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! This fest looks like fun. I will have to check it out :)And who doesn't LOVE Cyndi Lauper and Dirty Dancing?! I was born after the movie came out and Cyndi hit the music scene so that just shows they can stand the test of time!

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    1. There you go, then! :) I hope my kids fall in love with them someday, too. You're right: they definitely stand the test of time.

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  29. I had a cassette of She's So Unusual too! :) My nephews think I'm so ancient when I talk about the music I used to listen to at their age... "Cassette? Is that like a CD?" lol. Awesome first loves! :)

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    1. LOL about the cassette! My kids have no idea what they are. :)

      Thanks, Cat.

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  30. I used to love Cindy Lauper! I played the clarinet in 7th and 8th grade as well. Small world :)

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  31. Love Patrick Swayze and Cyndi Lauper! Jr High clarinets rule :)

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  32. Great pick Dirty Dancing! I loved the 2nd one just as much as the first. I saw it in theaters twice!

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    1. I watch it every time it's on TV. :)

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  33. Very cute story about young love. :) Dirty Dancing is definitely a classic!

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    1. Thanks! As for Dirty Dancing, it'll never grow old. :)

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  34. I also liked Cyndi Lauper and Dirty Dancing! Loved your story about "going out!" Glad to meet you through the blogfest! Julie

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  35. Cyndi Lauper is the BEST!! Thanks for sharing these, Dana!

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  36. First Love! Donny Osmond, of course. First Book Love: Are You There God, It's Me Margaret.
    First Love movie: I don't really recall but I will admit I saw Top Gun in the theater 5 times.

    I only saw Dirty Dancing once. And we had to rent the Video. I don't know how I missed out on the craze. Maybe I was in baby mode - the 90s are a blur to me.

    Fun blog post. I enjoyed it.

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    1. Good choices! I must have read Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret a million times. :)

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  37. I bought myself the Cyndi Lauper best of CD a while back and I love it. I remember me and my sister singing and dancing along to her tapes in our bedroom (probably using hairbrushes as microphones!)

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  38. "Dirty Dancing" was on tv this weekend, as a matter of fact! My girls saw it on tv when they were very young, too young to really know what they were seeing. Afterwards they wanted skirts that would twirl full open. My mother whipped up 2 pink skirts with elastic waistbands. They would twirl and twirl in those skirts. They wore them all the time. In fact one wore out and Momma had to replace the waistband. They also liked to make their dad lift them in the air (you know the scene, right?).

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    1. I remember that scene! So cute! I can just picture your girls dancing around. :)

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  39. I'm not much into pop music, but Time After Time is a beautiful song.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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  40. Cyndi L. and Dirty Dancing are timeless now. Funny how somethings become classics and others fade away. 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' is one of those songs. I didn't read Little Women until I was an adult, but a fantastic book all the same!

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  41. Hi Dana, first time visitor and follower and great to meet you! Cyndi Lauper was fun to watch back in the day. Never saw Dirty Dancing but I like the songs from it.

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    1. It's great to meet you, too!

      You have to see Dirty Dancing! It's amazing! (I might be biased, though. LOL)

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  42. Cyndi Lauper is amazing, I still love her music. She has a song in Goonies which is another favorite of mine. I have seen Dirty Dancing come up a lot in this blogfest, maybe I should rent it again sometime :) It was nice reading about Matt.. if you remember his last name you could probably find him on facebook :)

    Andrea

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    1. I've actually looked for him there but couldn't find him. It was just puppy love, but it would be nice to say hi. Maybe we'll both be back home at the same time one day. :)

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  43. Nice choices! Time After Time is such a beautiful song.

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    1. It really is--and it never gets old. :)

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  44. Sorry I'm late.
    Dirty Dancing. Most men don't get that...at all. He was such a handsome man.
    Great picks.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Heather

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  45. Dirty Dancing must be the official chick flick. It's all over the place in the blogfest, but I'll bet not a single guy has listed it. My mother and sisters love that movie. I do like Cyndi Lauper though.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I think you're right about that! I know my husband for one just doesn't understand my obsession.

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  46. Love Cyndi Lauper!! And of course Dirty Dancing. However, Footloose won out on mine.

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  47. All great choices, I'm assuming even Matt! LOL Thanks for visiting my blog!
    -MJ

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    1. He was a good choice for the time, but maybe not so much anymore. :)

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  48. Heather: For some reason, I'm not able to reply to your post. I agree--he really was a handsome man and fantastic actor.

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