There’s something about the summertime that brings me right back to warm fuzzy things, like a first crush.
One night some years ago I was working on some online research for a future project. I was clicking through an employee newsletter for an organization related to a new proposal. Gotta get that research right, you know? To be really cliche, lo and behold, I saw a picture of him. He stood in front of a scientific research plane he’d worked on in an engineering project for NASA. Who’da thunk it?
You must know that him is my first crush ever.
The picture snapped me right back to sixth grade and riding my bike to school in the spring. Every day I hope I’d get a glimpse of Steve. Oh, Steve, an absolutely cute eighth grade boy who didn’t know I existed. He was quiet and funny and smart. My best friend was friends with his sister, but still, he had no idea who I was. His locker was in the same row as mine–his at the top on one end, mind at the bottom on the opposite end.
We passed each other when changing classes every day.
Please, oh, please, say hi to me. I think once “our eyes met.” Really, they did.
Then eventually my daughter was in her own post-sixth grade summer. Her “boyfriend” moved onto Fort Hood and away from our neighborhood three weeks before school let out. She saw him on the last day of school, when he said had her number. He would call. They’d keep in touch. Four weeks went by, and nothing. She kept busy by having fun earning money, going to the pool, chatting on the phone, helping us with the family business, sleeping in sometimes. But still, she will occasionally pine for the boy and wonder what she did wrong.
“Nothing,” I told her. “Nothing at all.”
It might be puppy love, but puppy love is still real to the puppy.
Back to my first crush. We moved away my junior year of high school, after Steve had already graduated and gone on to college. I still remember him and the school trip to Bush Gardens my sophomore year (he was a senior). They took a group picture, and I sat next to him. Well, actually he ended up about two feet away when they had us all sit on a stone wall in front of a fountain for the picture, but there I was. Next to him. Still crushing, I guess.
Of course now I’m an “old married lady” now, but I still remember the feeling of the possibility of having something special with someone.
I’m definitely not married to a quiet, funny guy. He’s funny, but not quiet. God knew for sure I didn’t need a quiet man. My daughter is now married, and long outgrew her warm, fuzzy heartache.
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Next up for me is Splash! — a set of nine summer romances. Plenty of warm, plenty of fuzzy. It’s only 99 cents and releases on June 23.
And my setting for Time And Tide on the coast of Virginia in the town of Chincoteague, isn’t so far from where that rocket scientist crush of mine works. Imagine that!
Here’s the scoop on Splash!:
Nine beloved authors of contemporary Christian romance have banded together to offer this limited-time collection of all-new romance novellas perfect for your summer vacation reading pleasure. Come visit Scotland, Zambia, Australia, Canada, and several American states, including Alaska, in these inspirational romance novellas. You’ll love each refreshing contemporary romance as the characters enjoy the water on hot summer days, whether it be in a river, lake, ocean… or a swimming pool!
His Perfect Catch by Narelle Atkins, author of the Snowgum Creek series
A holiday romance isn’t part of the plan when Mia Radcliffe temporarily moves to Sapphire Bay and lives next door to Pete McCall, her secret crush from years ago. Pete prefers the simple life. Can Mia leave behind her big-city dreams and settle with Pete in the seaside town?
Sweet Serenade by Valerie Comer, author of the Farm Fresh Romance series
Carly and Reed thrive on the rush of running rapids in a canoe until they capsize in both river and romance. Will secrets from the past drown their future, or can this idyllic summer romance lead to a lifetime of sweet serenades?
More than Friends by Autumn Macarthur, author of the Love in Store series
When nurse Catriona asks for help with her Vacation Bible School for disabled children, she never imagines how much could go wrong on a simple seaside day out — or that the colleague she’s secretly loved for years might come to see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.
Love Flies In by Heidi McCahan, author of the Emerald Cove series
He’s a seaplane pilot determined to honor his convictions. She’s a kayak guide who mocked his faith for sport. One small lakeside cabin in Alaska can’t house them both.
Testing the Waters by Lesley Ann McDaniel, author of the Madison Falls series
After breaking up with her ultra-critical boyfriend, Teresa decides to reinvent herself. She meets a nice guy named Curt on the beach in Crescent Cove, Oregon, and tells him she’s Terése from Paris. Pretending to be someone else is fun until the unthinkable happens — she starts to fall for him.
The Lifeguards, the Swim Team, and Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado, author of the CANDID Romance series
Lifeguard Alivia Collins looks forward to another summer on the guard stand at the Serenity Landing Aquatic Center. This year, she’s going to have to keep herself from falling for the cute, new guard – or realize it’s time to give love another chance.
Time and Tide by Lynette Sowell, author of the Lone Star Hearts series
When out-of-work fashion journalist Karyn Lewis uses the summer to regroup on the coast of Virginia, she plans to lie low at Pine Breezes campground. She doesn’t plan for her heart to be on a collision course with old friend Brodie Reed. They must decide if the past that looms between them will be too much for them to have a future together.
Draw You Near by Jan Thompson, author of the Savannah Sweethearts series
Savannah artist Abilene Dupree keeps her personal life out of her commercial paintings except one. That one painting has now brought Londoner Lars Cargill back to the coastal town and into her art world. Can she hold him at bay before he invades her personal space and her heart?
Orphaned Hearts by Marion Ueckermann, author of the Heart of Africa series
His faith buried with his wife, Simon devotes himself to raising his daughter and orphan elephants. Lady Abigail postpones an arranged marriage, leaving England to teach the children of Africa. Will his past—or her future—keep their hearts orphaned?
Grab a tall glass of lemonade or iced tea and dip your toes into a cool pool of water on a hot summer’s day while you enjoy the never-before-released Christian romance novellas in SPLASH! Scroll up and snag your copy today.
Autumn Macarthur says
LOL, Lynette! You got me unsuccessfully Googling to find my first crush. I DID find my second crush, though I didn’t recognise him, I recognised his wife, who was in the same year at school! That cracked me up! They started dating in senior high, and I’m so pleased they stayed together in this age of disposable marriages :)
Narelle Atkins says
Lynette, cute story :) I’d love to visit the East Coast beach setting of your novella.
Diane Adams says
I’m Googling too – so much fun to remember those olden days and the first pangs of what sure seemed like true love at the time! Anybody who can read the blurbs for Splash and not buy it … well, that anybody isn’t me! Looking forward to some great reading starting on June 23!
Trixi O. says
Oh yea, I remember many a “first crush”! The few in high school who never knew I existed, a neighbor boy, who was years older than me, and that one when I was 5 or 6 years old. Like you said, it may be puppy love, but it still feels real to the puppy….lol! I do, every once in a while, think about my first real boyfriend in high school. The one who I really did love :-) But, I’m glad in the end, God paired me with my perfect mate…the one my heart really connected with and I couldn’t be happier….even after 18yrs and going strong!
Elizabeth Maddrey says
Such a delightful collection!