He was the first "boyfriend" I had. Boyfriend in quotes because you know how it is with young love. You "date" without ever really going anywhere. Dating consists of writing notes back and forth and otherwise doing what you normally do. Here's how it all started.
I ran across an ad on television. It was one of those local channels that posts all those notices. It was about a puppet group. I was intrigued, and so I called the guy that was listed on the ad. He told me where they met, and I decided to join. There weren't very many of us involved at first. Just a few really, but soon more joined. He was a later edition.
You know it's funny, I don't even remember exactly how it started. I'm sure that I wouldn't have asked him. I just wasn't like that. It must have been that he wrote me a note. That's how it always starts at that age, notes. Apparently, I said I'd go with him. He was a great guy. He was really kind and sweet but relatively shy. We went to the same school for a while, but we didn't cross paths because he was two grades ahead of me. When we started dating, I was in seventh grade, and he was in ninth. It seems like kids these days are more mature, but I can tell you I wasn't old enough to date or even "date" when I was in middle school.
It was a crazy time. We wrote letters back and forth whenever we got together, but that wasn't very often. We only saw each other during puppet practices. We never even really talked. He did get me this necklace though. It was sort of like one of those best friends necklaces. He wrote me things that he had never told anyone else, and I shared some things with him too. Eventually I broke it off with him. I didn't know enough about anything to be dating someone at that point.
I look back at that time with fondness though. He was a great guy, and it was a great time for me. I of course gave him the typical "Let's be friends line" when I broke up with him. As I'm sure you know, that doesn't work very often. It was awkward for a while. I was involved with puppets for a while longer and so was he. We weren't really great friends, but then things started changing. I left puppets, but we managed to keep in touch. It seems that the older we got, the more able we were to do things together and be friends. We both had family issues, and we were able to talk together on the phone. Back during those times, you didn't have cell phones, you had pagers. He gave me his pager number, and I paged him often. It was great to have someone to talk to while growing up.
Even when I left for college, we stayed in touch for a while. Once while I was in college, he ordered me a pizza. He had it sent right to my dorm room. Even from so many miles away, he was still a great friend. I'm so glad that I can look back on my first "boyfriend" with such great memories and fondness.
Things are different now. I'm married and so is he. We both have our own families. We email every once in a while to keep up with each other but don't really talk very often any more. I really hope that his wife knows how lucky she is to have such a wonderful man. I'm so glad that I can look back on my first "boyfriend" with such great memories and fondness.