Tuesday, January 18, 2005

YEAR(S) OF THE DOG

ADDICTED TO LOVE   (PART TWO)

(I struggled today with whether I should be posting pictures of people without their permission. (As if it ever stopped me before.) This particular picture is over 30 years old. And, if I were him, I'd be flattered that someone had a crush on me in High School. After all, look at him! ....)

Fast forward to High School. A little background is needed. I went to a Catholic High School located in a city I did not live in. This High School had six elementary schools that fed into it. A total of only 400 students at that time. I knew only two people at the school the first day I set foot across the ugly faded blood red doors that led into the foyer adjacent to the front office. Neither of them were in my class. I was on my own....not for the last time in my life either.

I cannot remember the first time I saw him. If I could remember that moment, I'm sure that I was struck deaf, dumb and blind by his radiant beauty. His golden hair, his penetrating blue eyes, his slightly klutzy manner. He was a god. I referred to him as THE DOG to all my closest friends. They all knew I was severely crazy over him. I worshiped him from afar. I hung around the hallway closest to his homeroom just to catch a glimpse of him. I was so in love with him that I even joined the track team to be close to him.

He was two grades ahead of me and he was my world for two years. No one else mattered. The fact that he never knew I existed did not phase me. If he ever looked at me, which I am certain he did because who cannot notice someone worshipping you all the time for two years, I froze like a deer in headlights.

The strongest memory that has survived occurred at the water fountain outside the gym. My best friend, Karen, rushed over to me during study hall with a DOG alert. Sent to me in the form of a note...."Dog sighting in office." I got excused out of study hall and ran to the water fountain to get a drink waiting for him to walk by. I waited and waited, the water running and running. I was there for what seemed an eternity before giving up.

As I turned, abruptly...he was right behind me waiting to use the water fountain. I came close to knocking him down which thank God I did not. The stream of water I spewed all over him was quite enough.

I thought I was going to die.

Years later at our 20 year reunion, one of my teachers Mrs. W. made the remark to all with in earshot. "That J.S.............I had such a crush on him!"

Et Tu.

19 comments:

dcmeyer420 said...

Who in their right mind will not have a crush on such a cutie? The DOG is "bootylicious"! The water cooler scene is comical! You got a gift for making people reminisce, Mary. Great entry!

jryle79 said...

What an arrogant look!  Did someone leave the mirror out?  Thanks for the flashback to school and crushes...

- John (http://journals.aol.com/jryle79/Kentucky)

my78novata said...

aw I think we all have stories like that. Thanks for sharing yours. I m lucky I have stories of my hubby from school. Some are maddening some are happy. He was not the brightest boy in the block. I made cow eyes at him and everything!!!! SUPID BOY> He of course claims he was waiting for ME to grow up LOL Lori

chasenkids said...

I love your blog... the last two entries were awesome. Keep going down memory lane and write about it!

~Jaime

mlraminiak said...

This is wonderful, Mary.  Why do you always come up with this great stuff when you claim you have nothing to say???  This is taking me right back to the crushes I had in high school.  Lisa  :-]

k2plus2 said...

Mary, you've done it again.  Great writing, great stories, and great memories!  We can all relate!  Cya, Kris

garyvp said...

I haven't been here for a while..working on that darn novel...but I'm glad I stopped by today. you are writing some wonderful stuff and your photos are a delight. GVP

readmereadyou said...

These last two entries were very sweet and I enjoyed them. : )
Angela

suzypwr said...

Woof!! xxoo

stephweiss said...

Hehehe reminds me of the day I stumbled upon my teen-age journal, which was really barely more than a list of which 10 boys were cutest on that day, where I saw them in the hall doing somethig cute, which gal pal was my best friend, which of yesterday's Top 10 were now on my poo-poo list for having said some teenage-girlie thing that made me mad... lol Those were the days, eh?

hope5555 said...

Too cute that you called him "The Dog".  Bow wow baby!

redhdka said...

Wow..those lips those eyes..what a beauty

wldconnie said...

Gosh...what a handsome devil he is! No wonder you had a crush on him! I am still looking for one like that! Great journal. I haven't visited you for a while. Do come back and see me some time! Love Conniex

sonensmilinmon said...

Is it just me but, he reminds me of Robbie Benson when he was young.

Loved the addicted to love stories. :-)

Monica
http://journals.aol.com/sonensmilinmon/SmilinMonsAdventures/

sharkie412 said...

I love these past two posts. I'll be waiting impatiently for the next one... :)

belfastcowboy75 said...

I was called "dog" for a while in the past. Actually, it was "Bad dog".

mrccgoody said...

wow, I might have had a crush on him, too...

this reminded me of the boy I had a crush on in high school...thanks for the memories!

ryanagi said...

Wow! *pant pant pant* He is GORGEOUS! *drool* I'd love to know how he ended up. Wonder where he is now and what he looks like. :-)

krobbie67 said...

Ah...this is great. Gosh, it's bringing back goofy oogling memories. And, if a picture is over five years and no full names are used, I say it's fair game to use without permission. :-) ---Robbie