Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chapter 6: From Secret Admirer to Admirer

My senior year had started. The first week was slow and boring like all first weeks of school. The weather was still hot. I liked a guy named Kelly on the track team so my friend Teri and I went to their Run-a-thon, a fundraiser for their uniforms. He asked me to our Homecoming Dance and of course, I was very excited.

Homecoming was fun, Kelly was a very fun date. Teri and I went to several of our team's track meets. I noticed another cute guy on the team who I didn't know very well and mentioned this to Teri. I'll call him "John" because he will be mentioned a lot from this point on. Teri had a class with John and taunted him with information about a girl who thinks he's good-looking. She would give him clues as to who I was and he finally told her he thought she was just making it all up.

She suggested that I write him a "secret admirer" note so he would believe her....and to make it interesting. I love to do fun things like that, though this was the one and only secret admirer note I've ever written. I put a few clues in to describe me, but coming from a class of nearly 500 students, it definitely could be several people. He read the note and made a guess as to who I was. He wrote my name down on a piece of paper and passed it to his friend, Matt.

She wrote a note that said, "Do you like her? I seen who you guessed, you don't need to be embarrassed."

He wrote, "Is it her?"

"Answer my question first."

"I couldn't learn to like her if it's her or someone better than her and she's hard to beat. If it's her I'd like to get to know her."

She and I went to another track meet and afterward talked to Kelly. Teri decided she kinda liked Kelly. John, Ricky and Glen decided to come over and join the conversation. There was a lot of teenage flirting going on which eventually lead to John and I going out. But not without the drama of him and his girlfriend breaking up first. What? He had a girlfriend? I had no idea.

He talked to me often about his feelings for Teresa. He felt obligated to her and guilty to break up. Teresa and I actually ran in the same social circles but didn't know each other. There were many deep conversations about his dilema of liking two girls and I offered to back off. She was in the picture first, afterall. John said he didn't want me to back off because he really liked me.

John was handsome and very smart - in fact he was a candidate for Valedictorian. We had many fun times together. I was spontaneous and fun which entertained him. I wasn't a candidate for Valedictorian but I was an honor student. I was proud to wear his Letterman's jacket to the football games. He was proud I was his girl. He started holding my hand in school and walking me to class. We were both good kids with high standards. It was official: We were a couple.

He came over a lot and we were becoming very close. We spent many late nights watching TV (we had cable - the new rage), exchanging kisses and having deep conversations. But there was one topic of discussion that we avoided.

.......to be continued......


  1. Isn't it interesting how our "first loves" intrigue us? My first "love" even told me, "You kiss too hard!" Boy was I deflated! And yet, it was someone entirely different that I married! Even though I knew him in school, we never dated, held hands, or kissed until after his mission. And HE likes my kisses!

  2. Isn't it funny that no matter who you end up with, there are always topics to be avoided. There are definately topics I avoid with the RS.

  3. Ohhhh, I hate "to be continued" OK, so I am already guessing that religion was the topic to be avoided. . . but why??? Was he a Mormon!! Horror! Did he convert you?? Well . . . I guess I'll see . . . when it is CONTINUED!! But really, I don't like to be left hanging!!!

  4. is that really a picture of you?

  5. Yes, Nicole, that's a picture of me. I know, I know. I'm much cuter now.


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