I was a teenage girl-watcher

I’ve always had a certain . . . eye for physical beauty.

You might call it a weakness, though it was certainly more so in my youth than it is now.

In love – I thought I was in love! My first crush was a girl on my street named Samantha Runyon, and I remember as far back as the age of five, when I vowed time and again that I would marry her.

Time has a way of making us look silly, am I right?

I see her around on Facebook now and again, interacting with some of the friends we had in common – ancient ties, long worn by disuse, but still out there and visible; I find that she’s not nearly as attractive anymore. She’s not bad-looking, but not anything to fuss about, either. My standards have shifted over time, along with an enhanced understanding of how so-called “love” so often laid me low in my formative years: I’d misinterpreted the situation.

Now I get it: that I’m a strongly creative person, and as such I have these intense triggers to physical beauty – not just in people, but in anything that can be seen. Like anything else, its effect dulls over time . . . or perhaps it’s merely under control, because sometimes an unexpected sight can fly in under my radar, eliciting a strong emotional reaction.

Now I am blessed with no less than two beautiful females in my life – my wife and daughter – who have to put up with goofy old me and my odd foibles, and I do my best to show my gratitude.

I’ve always considered Valentines’ to be a commercial holiday like any other, but sometimes life gets so crazy that it takes a special day to remind us why we fight, come hell.

To all my friends and readers out there, I wish you all the best, today and every day.

Now go live your adventure.

This post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.

A whopping 133 other crushers have weighed in:

  1. A journey begins..proud eagle.. | The Wandering Poet
  2. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love | Basically      Beyond Basic
  3. Happy Valentine’s day | Perspectives on life,      universe and everything
  4. Two of us | Perspectives on life, universe and      everything
  5. We are Entangled: We are Smitten « psychologistmimi
  6. Dimples And Dreadlocks; A Story of First Love | The      Jittery Goat
  7. A Second Chance – A Friday Flash Story | My Little      Avalon
  8. Valentine’s Broken Song – a poem woven with tears |      alienorajt
  9. Kindergarden Crushed | Finale to an Entrance
  10. Watching Love Unfold | The Silver Leaf Journal
  11. DP Daily Prompt: It’s Feb. 14 Friday, I’m In Love! |      Sabethville
  12. It’s Valentines Day and I’m Not In Love – Musings |      wangsgard.com
  13. Yet Another Valentine’s Daily Prompt: It’s Friday,      I’m in Love | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  14. Crushed | Kate Murray
  15. A Weird Confession | WanderLust
  16. Worst Valentine’s Day Ever | Sunday Epidemic
  17. Bad Boy (My First Love) | That One Nerdy Chick
  18. Smith Island Cake | Exploratorius
  19. The Anonymous Valentine’s Postal Service |      thoughtsofrkh
  20. i do whatever i like whoever i want | yi-ching lin      photography
  21. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love « Mama Bear      Musings
  22. whatever i like | y
  23. If Someone Wrote A Song For Me On St Valentine’s Day      I Would Be Ecstatic… | Steve Says….
  24. Daily Prompt: Smitten « Vicariously Poetic
  25. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday (Saturday, Sunday, Monday      . . .) I’m in Love | No Apologies
  26. Rooted in Love with Shoelaces of Grace Prayers and      Promises
  27. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love | DukkSheit      Happens……….
  28. Daily Prompt: It’s friday, I’m in Love- Analyzed by      a medical student | Journeyman
  29. My first crush | Knowledge Addiction
  30. My Valentine’s story. | The scribbles in the margin
  31. Romance Haiku | Laith’s Ramblings
  32. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday I’m In Love | snippets and      words
  33. Falling in love…Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  34. Snapshot | Musings from a practical mystic
  35. First      Love | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  36. It’s Friday, I’m in love. First love. | The      Shevster’s Space
  37. Memories of 16 and Pinky Swears « Dancing with      Fireflies
  38. 16      « Dancing with Fireflies
  39. Do you have a moment? | FILMS | FOOD | POETRY
  40. Daily Prompt: SMITTEN | my father’s garden
  41. against the grain/instead of the prompt |      peacefulblessedstar
  42. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love | growinolder
  43. My First, Hopefully Only, Love. | Thoughts On Love
  44. Valentine’s Day Runaway | Tish Farrell
  45. Midnight Dawn | The Silver Leaf Journal
  46. The Ideal Lover | An Upturned Soul
  47. Children Without TV #13 Snowboarding | The Vibrant      Channeled Creator
  48. Don’t Just Love on Fridays | Random Blotches
  49. Love is Here, Actually | Travel with Intent
  50. I could have loved a bird | Color me in Cyanide and      Cherry
  51. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love | A Room of      One’s Own
  52. Happy Valentine’s Day! | The-Priefy’s Blog
  53. It’s Friday, I’m in Love | Cookie the Smelly Beagle      🙂
  54. The Silent Musing | Living in the Moment
  55. My Travel Crush in the Deep South: New Orleans! |      Institute for Hispanic Health Equity
  56. Daily prompt: Smitten/100 Posts Published | Wordz on      a Page
  57. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love | Chronicles      of an Anglo Swiss
  58. That 3 Year Old Crush | readingwithafeather
  59. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love | a Portia      Adams adventure
  60. The Smitten Kitten | L5GN
  61. rhapsodiesofmymind
  62. It’s Not You, It’s Me | Into the Heart of Me
  63. Ok, I’ll Eat the Chocolate. But Not Because You Tell      Me To. | The Playground
  64. My Author-itis
  65. One Love | My Author-itis
  66. FIRST TIME, I FELL IN LOVE AT 6. AND THEN AT 6:30. |      Standing Ovation, Seated
  67. The Bluebird-Daily post: It’s Friday,I’m in Love |      Let me tell U a story
  68. Remember Me | FILMS | FOOD | POETRY
  69. Lust not love | Emotional Fitness
  70. How can I ever forget u! oh my ❤ | harinivasudev
  71. Smitten | Views Splash!
  72. Off to the Ball! | Haiku By Ku
  73. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love « The      Neophyte Photographer
  74. I’m in Love, Introvert Style | 61 Musings
  75. Neighborhood “Drama” and Facebook
  76. A Message to the Lonely: Looking for Love in All the      Wrong Places | The Christian Gazette
  77. Not Into Valentine’s Day? | Cee’s Photography
  78. Smitten By You | The Lonely Husband
  79. Of Heroes, Love and Dragons | The Nameless One
  80. Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all!!! and the Daily | The      Shotgun Girls
  81. To You, My Love | Serene Delusions
  82. Imaginary Loves | Sarah’s Typos
  83. First Impressions | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  84. That’s when I knew | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  85. What’s Luv Got to Do With It? / Daily prompt | I’m a      Writer, Yes I Am
  86. My first crush? | Read * Feel * Write
  87. Requited | Active Army Wife
  88. Everybody wants to be in love | sunny side dreamers
  89. A List Of Our WordPress Collaborative Internet      Team’s WordPress And Dot Com Websites Under Development In February 2014 |      undecided for WordPressicollaboration
  90. Red with pleasure, hot with passion…and friend-zoned      | sayanything
  91. Daily Prompt: Being in Love! | All Things Cute and      Beautiful
  92. Crush Crush Crush | Sam’s Online Journal
  93. A List Of Our WordPress iCollaborative Internet      Team’s WordPress And Dot Com Websites Under Development In February 2014 |      Ten Days of Progress Using Intuitive Collaboration
  94. My First Crush | Flowers and Breezes
  95. Attaining the intangible | Unlocking The Inner      Creative
  96. Daily Prompt: Smitten | Occasional Stuff
  97. Boy Crazy | A Place Apart
  98. A List Of Our WordPress iCollaborative Internet      Team’s WordPress And Dot Com 69 Websites Under Development In February      2014 | Ten Days of Progress Using Intuitive Collaboration
  99. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love | To Breathe      is to Write
  100. Day 45: What Does Smitten Mean? | The Sacred      Architecture of Here and Now
  101. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday I’m In Love | Running      After Ale
  102. Teens: Love, lust, and abuse | Parents Are People      Too
  103. You Make me Feel Like I’m Living a Teenage Dream |      Nerd.Laugh.Love
  104. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love | Occasional      Stuff
  105. The Girl From Italy | Edward Hotspur
  106. A List Of Our PATRIOT MOVEMENT iCollaborative Internet      TEAM’s WordPress And Dot Com 69 Websites Under iDevelopment In February      2014 | a iwoodstock blog with no name (yet)
  107. Valentinstag! | murmur of mimir
  108. It’s Friday I’m in Love: Daily Post | Destino
  109. My Greatest Treasure | Broken Light: A Photography      Collective
  110. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m Inlove | Read and      Write
  111. First love | polysyllabic profundities
  112. Remembering My First Love | meg lago
  113. Happy Valentine’s Day! | aMUSEing THINGS
  114. Padlocks of Love | Passionately Bored
  115. Smitten with Zack | Living Dead Girl
  116. Happy Valentine’s Day! | Passionate Ambika
  117. Strange, Uneasy Feelings | Buzzy Beez
  118. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m In Love |      Lifeinpawprints’s Weblog
  119. Crushing on the Guy | missmoodygirl
  120. The Greatest Love of All | meanderedwanderings
  121. How to be a Crushing Disaster | Your Smile is      Priceless
  122. Daily Prompt: 1st crush at 5 years old | Life’s So      Sweet
  123. Happy Valentines Day!! « One Crazy Mom
  124. Crush to Love | Essence of Del
  125. Celebrate The Small Things – Valentine’s Day Edition      | My Little Avalon
  126. Constant (Seventh-Grade) Craving: First Crush,      November 1991 | Kosher Adobo
  127. Falling in Love at 4 Years Old | Awkward Laughter
  128. The Valentine Secret | SimplySage
  129. The first time I fell in love | Lux
  130. The Right Questions | Wiley’s Wisdom
  131. Daily Prompt: It’s Friday, I’m in Love | @ The West      Gate
  132. I defy you not to be in to this woman | The Bohemian      Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  133. Crushin’ | Willow’s Corner


  1. Yes you are right we do change over time about our likes and dislikes.We call that grown up.I enjoyed reading your post. Happy Valentine’a day to you and your family.

  2. I hope your V-day was great, Rob– we are doing something a bit different this year– a grand adventure at RadCon, our local one-convention-to-rule-them-all!

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