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Year 10: I Love the Blond Neighbor Boy

Once I landed in California, it didn’t take me long to find a cute, blond-haired boy to fall in love with. He was the neighbor boy. Two years older than I was. A hottie of a sixth grader.

Aside from Brian, the sweet school friend who brought me a blue rabbit on my no-party-because-I-have-the-chicken-pox 5th birthday, I think this was the first boy I liked. Truly liked. As in a Cupid’s arrow to my heart.

I never spoke to him. I just admired and loved from afar. I would try to sneak a peek at his house as I dashed by on my bike. Or I would hope to see him in the hallway at school. Or maybe even on the playground while I played hopscotch with my friends, I would look slyly over my shoulder hoping to catch a glimpse of him.

Sadly, I never caught many of those glimpses. And the one time I did see him at school and he clearly saw me, it was a complete disaster.

I was a 4th grader in the school Spelling Bee. Already nervous, I broke out into one of my first Mrs. Darcy Classic Panic Attacks when I saw his gleaming head of blond hair right in the middle of the audience. I somehow managed to stumble through a few rounds, and then it happened. I caught his eye and he smiled at me. He shined that cute neighbor boy smile all the way up to the stage and it landed right on me. Swoon, anyone? That was it. Life as I knew it was over. Soon it was my turn, and I stumbled up to the mic. My word was yacht. I looked out into the sea of faces, and darn it if that cute neighbor boy didn’t smile at me again. I paused. Then I paused some more. And finally it was awkward. I had to say something. So, do you know what I said? “Yacht. Y-O-T. Yacht.” Yep, that’s right. Y-O-T. I slithered off the stage, hoping my parents would be up for another quick move.

Years later, in high school, I went to a party at the cute neighbor boy’s friend’s house. Cute neighbor boy was marking hands as people went in. Still shy and still thinking he was a tiny bit of cute, I awkwardly talked to my friend as he wrote on my hand. A few minutes later, in front of all the friends of cute neighbor boy, he says, “Hey, Mrs. Darcy…what’s it say on your hand?” I was like, whaaat? (being teen and all). I looked down at my hand and in big, bold, black letters it said YOT.

Darn it if I didn’t blush. And darn it if  I didn’t squeal just a little knowing that the cute neighbor boy remembered our moment.

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6 thoughts on “Year 10: I Love the Blond Neighbor Boy

  1. ahhh, what an awesome story! That’s adorable. Thanks for sharing. So whatever happened with you and cute neighbour boy? Did you kids ever get together? I wish I had a story like that, what a charming little rendezvous with love.

    • No, I was never Mrs. Cute Neighbor Boy. I was shy and he was shy; it wasn’t meant to be. Plus I really never could recover from YOT. :)
      Thanks for the visit!

  2. Sweet! I remember loving a guy from afar at that age. He moved away a year or so later which makes him pretty much perfect in my heart.

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