Life’s a Journey. Week 5: Teenage Crushes

family stories teenage crush Look, if I’m going to be totally honest with you about this, then there were more than three.

But in case anyone I actually knew in 1978 is tuning in (unlikely, since no one who knows me would imagine there to be any items of remote    interest in my past family stories), I shall pretend that I was a sensible, level-headed teenager who wasted no time on the fanciful imaginings of romance with handsome, unreachable mega-stars.

It began as early as the age of 12. I developed a terribly British (but rather unusual for a pre-teen girl) obsession with cricket. I never missed a Test Match. I knew the name of every player and every ridiculous player position (‘deep silly mid-off’ and the like). It was not the marvels of this historical game which had ignited my sudden sporting passion, however. In fact, it was not a sporting passion at all. Just a passion. Of the animal kind.

Ian Botham. ‘Both’, ‘Beefy’ or just plain ‘Ian’. Who the Hell cared? Corrrrr. I am ashamed to say that I even sat and watched it with my dad, who naively believed we were having some ‘dad/daughter time’. He watched the scoreboard whilst I watched Mr Botham’s masterful strokes.

I kicked Ian in to touch when I first saw ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’. Now it was Clint. Oh, Clinty baby, what a dish you were! I hung a small but perfectly formed poster (probably cut out of some horrendous teen comic like Look-In) of Clint on my bedroom wall, directly behind my headboard. This was so I could kiss him goodnight full on the cold, papery lips. If this didn’t suffice, I would use the back of my hand to practice snogging with him.

Clint, it seemed, was destined to be another’s. And another’s. And several more.family stories teenage crush

And then in 1978 I found John. Sadly, he never quite found me, but you can’t win them all.

For most of my life I plunged these intense crushes deep into my memory, never sharing them. I suppose I thought I must be the only kid feeling this way. How many millions of other teens have done the same, I wonder? But Life’s a Journey, right? We can’t possibly go to our graves without sharing the memories of our passionate embraces with…..ourselves!

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More about the Life’s a Journey weekly memories series.

Other posts in this series:-

Week 1 - My earliest baby photo

Week 2 – Old School Portrait

Week 3 – Earliest Writings

Week 4 – Bestest Friends

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99 responses to “Life’s a Journey. Week 5: Teenage Crushes

  1. Great series of posts, I’m going to join in but will play catch up and start from the begining! I’ll try and catch up to get this one linked before the list closes :)

  2. I’m ashamed to say that I sat next to Ian Botham on flight from Heathrow to Manchester over 20 years ago when I was 13. I had no idea who he was until my mum squealed. Looking at photos of him them, bloody hell, he was hot! Wish I’d been a bit older to appreciate the moment.

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  4. Loving this series!!! Wished I’d found out about it sooner but I’ve only been blogging about a month LOL. I love genealogy and discovering my family tree so these are a great keepsake to pass onto my children and grandchildren which is why I started writing a blog in the first place!!!

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