Since it's Valentine's Week and everything, I thought I'd share a little bit about my first crush...
One day as I was out walking the country road where I lived, I stopped to pet the horses over the fence of the nearby stables - as I was wont to do. A totally tall, dark and handsome man saw me and invited me onto the property where I could really pet the horses. That was my first encounter with Itzik and probably the day I fell in love with him.
I was, of course, 13. And of course, he was 27. He never knew about my crush and he never returned my affections on any level beyond 'little sister'.
Itzik was here from Israel on a student Visa, working at the Arabian breeding facility to pay his way through college. I think he was pre-med. :swoon: He taught me how to ride in exchange for cleaning stalls. Hip deep in muck, and I was in heaven. Not only did I get to spend hours in the company of horses (yeah, I was a horse crazy kid), I got to spend what felt like forever in Itzik's company.
And he'd talk to me like I was a real person. Not some stupid gawky kid (which I was).
He was long and lean, with the most gorgeous brown eyes and what I always imagined was the softest hair. And he was superb at everything he did. :double swoon: He was like a hero out of one of the romance novels I was inhaling at that time. I totally imagined that once I got old enough, we'd ride off into the sunset together.
That was almost 30 years ago. He's off who knows where doing who knows what. And I'm here, writing. And remembering. And making him a love interest in one of my books*. (Hey, just because I couldn't have him doesn't mean my heroine gets jipped, too.)
How about you? Who was your first crush? Was it as silly and unrequitable as mine?
* For those of you who follow me elsewhere, Itzik was the basis for Zeke in Djinnocide. :smirk: Hope he looked like you thought he did.
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