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.