All right, it was December 1987 and it was in Northern Indiana. I turned 14. Turning 14 was sort of a milestone for me. I couldn't date, but I could start attending certain youth functions hosted by our church. The ones I most looked forward to were Super Saturdays. These were church-sponsored activities for youth 14+ and included youth from our "stake", which covered about a 50 mile radius. We usually had some sort of service project or seminar and often times there would be a dance that night.
I looked forward to these because my best friend HeidiK & I were BOYCRAZY! So, starting in January '88 I began attending these activities and dances. It was cool to meet other kids that had the same religious beliefs that I did, and somehow they seemed more cool than the boys I went to school with. I think boys who don't go to your school always seem cooler.
Anyway, at my first dance, I danced a lot of the dances with JasonF, because we were sort of crushing on each other at the time. However, I think he started noticing all of the different girls there. And I was definitely noticing all of the guys there. So, as if he was reading my mind, JasonF says that since we're not really BF & GF, there's no reason we shouldn't be allowed to dance with other people. I was like, right...no reason. So, that was that. We started dancing with other people. There was this one guy. I thought he was soooo cute. Plus he had on SUSPENDERS. And, like, Oh m'Gosh! Suspenders were like so totally cool back in 1988.
I wanted to this guy to dance with me; but I was too afraid to ask. So, I put in motion some of my flirting techniques (from "Flirting Techniques 101" written by yours truly) and within minutes, he was standing in front of me asking for the next dance. Just so happened his parents were the DJ's. How cool is that? Any song I wanted, he would just tell his parents, and it happened. So totally cool...totally. Oh - and his name was Mickey. Talk about even more Totally Rad. Especially cuz of that song... "Oh Mickey you're so fine, you're so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey! [clap! clap-clap!] Hey Mickey! [clap! clap-clap!]..." Well, you know the song.
Anyway, I had to leave a little early since I rode with friends and their parents were their to pick us up. So, we did what any normal teenager did back then, since we didn't have email, cell phones, texting, IMing, etc. We exchanged ADDRESSES!!!
That set in motion The Long Distance Love Notes. Looking back, they were more like "Like" notes. We wrote each other from January all the way till August of that year. We also danced and hung out at every Super Saturday, and called each other at least once a week. Anyway, I sort of forgot about the love notes until the other night, when I was looking for something else in an old box, and ran across the love notes instead. I am surprised I still have them. I am not your average pack-rat. I have 1 box, count it - 1, containing things from my childhood. And that box is smaller than the average size copy-paper box.
Anyway, I started reading the notes, and thought they were cute. So, at the risk of Mickey hunting me down... I am going to post the first Love Note on the blog. [click on note to enlarge]
Totally Cool...Like, Totally.