Wednesday, January 18, 2012

19. First birthday with a serious boyfriend

Henry* and I's relationship was good at the beginning (I'm pretty sure I mentioned that already). He and I had been together for about two and a half months before my Sweet 16th rolled around. Now, I was just a lowly sophomore in high school, and I abandoned quite a few of my friendships from my school. Plus my mom was a little poor, so we didn't have huge plans for my 16th birthday. Henry wasn't going to let that happen.

He convinced Tony and Lizzie to meet up with us for dinner and a movie the weekend before my birthday. To be honest, I couldn't tell you what movie we went to, but he let me pick it. I probably picked a chick flick. But he did take m to our favorite restaurant in his hometown, and then surprised me with my birthday present. He bought me a very nice Fossil watch with the face of it having my favorite color. I was kind of beside myself because I knew how expensive Fossil watches were.

My birthday also happened to fall on Thanksgiving that year, and he wanted to make sure that I had a good day. Instead of going with his family for Thanksgiving, he instead came with me to my family's. I can't exactly remember the details of my birthday weekend. I barely even remembered him being there, until I was reminded that he came with us out of town. I'm sure I went to dinner and a movie that weekend too, except for in the next state over. Henry and I went to dinner and a movie pretty often. Almost every date.

I will say this about it, it was probably the best birthday present I could have ever asked for. I never expected anything quite like that from someone I had barely been with.

My name is Blake*, and this was the first piece of jewelry I got from a boyfriend. And I loved it! And still have it. what?!

*all names have been changed to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

18. Silly nights make for awesome memories

Henry* and I got a long great in the beginning. I would skip my high school's football games to attend his, hang out with him for a little bit afterwards, and then he'd take me home (I didn't have my license yet). Most weekends, he'd either come and spend time with me and my family, or he'd come pick me up and take me to  his hometown for a date at a couple of our favorite restaurants (they weren't around my hometown). Most of our dates were dinner and a movie. I enjoyed it a lot.

At one point, we convinced my friend Haley* that she needed to date Henry's twin brother Heath*. The cool thing about Haley is that she also lived pretty far away from where our parents were too. There was one weekend that her mom was going out of town, so we convinced the boys to come over and hang out with us. They weren't staying the night, we just wanted them to come hang out. It was definitely a girls' night with a little bit of testosterone injected for some fun.

The girls and I started the night out like normal--movies and snacks. Then we started getting silly. Then the boys came just barely after dark (they had told us they weren't coming anymore) and scared the shit out of us.  They started banging on the doors and windows and shining flashlights into the house. So what did we do? We hid. And almost started crying. We debating calling our moms and the cops, but then they called each of us and said they were outside. The bastards.

Once we calmed down, we did what any normal 15-16 year olds would do when they were home alone with their boyfriends: We played hide and seek in the house! (What were you thinking?!)When neither I nor Henry were "it," we would hide together and hold each other and kiss constantly. That's what caused us to be found. Every. Single. Time. We still hadn't had sex at this point, so kissing was as far as it went.

Eventually, we decided to stop playing hide and seek and sat down to watch a movie. I don't even think we finished the movie before the guys headed home.

It was a night full of silliness with good friends, and it was one of the most fun nights I've ever had with some of my best friends.

My name is Blake*, and this was before I lost my innocence.

*all names have been changed to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent

Monday, January 16, 2012

17. Awkward first dates

As I mentioned in my last post, Henry* and I went on a date as a couple for his birthday. It was also our first solo date. We had hung out with Lizzie* and Tony* once before, but had yet to do anything just the two of us.

I actually had a softball tournament that weekend, and he drove to it to see me. He also brought his twin brother and his father. It was very awkward to meet his father about a week or two after I met him.

Being the young cub that I was, I didn't get to play too much, but I still got to play catch and take grounders and whatnot. During one of our games, Lizzie reached over and told me that Tony and Henry were there. I look in the crowd, find Tony, but I didn't see Henry. Instead, I saw his twin brother. They did look a lot alike, but I could definitely tell the difference between Heath* and Henry. Henry was tall and lanky, and Heath was just as tall but a little chubbier, and definitely in the face.

So after the game I walked up to Heath, and he says "Hey babe!" I said, "Hey HEATH, where's Henry?" Then he starts cracking up laughing and asks how I knew it was him. I told him that even though I had only seen Henry once before, I knew what he looked like pretty well. But Heath also had their dad with him, so not only did I meet their father a couple weeks after I met Henry, I also met him without Henry being there.

Once Henry finally got there, we made plans to hang out later that evening after I went home and showered and whatnot. We decided on dinner and a movie. Do you remember my post about Barry* and how I said I was friends with his sister for a while? Well she had texted me while I was getting ready and wanted to hang out. Basically, she wanted to use me and my boyfriend for his car because she wanted to see another guy, Nolan*. All three of us (me, Nolan, and Barry's sister) were under age and couldn't drive, but she wanted to see Nolan that night. Henry was nice enough that he said he didn't mind taking her to the movie, but he just wanted dinner to be just us. I was okay with that.

After dinner, we went and picked up Barry's sister and Nolan, and then headed to the local theater to watch a movie. Mind you, this was my first date with Henry, and I was a little prude. (A lot prude.) Henry and I just sat and watched the movie with Barry's sister and Nolan very loudly made out throughout the entire movie. I felt awkward and apologized to Henry, and he told me not to worry about it, that he actually didn't mind them and that he actually liked that I didn't try that on our first date. I'm pretty sure Nolan even went down her pants in Henry's back seat on the way back. It was gross.

Henry didn't even kiss me as we left, because I told him I didn't want to just yet. He was very respectful in the beginning.

My name is Blake*, and Barry's sister is just as sleazy as Barry...

*all names have been changed to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent

Nolan comes into play later in my life when I go off to college, and Heath adds a little more to the story while I'm still with Henry.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

16. The moment where I get my first real, long-term boyfriend.

If you haven't figured out by now, I'm completely and utterly boy crazy. There's nothing like a good looking guy, a sexy deep voice, or some amazing smelling cologne. I did a lot of my stupid stuff with my previously mentioned friend Lizzie*. Lizzie and I were best friends in high school. Somewhere during the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in high school, she met a couple of guys from a small town across the state. Their names were Tony* and Henry*. If I remember correctly, Henry was initially interested in Lizzie, and Lizzie was interested in Tony. Because she felt bad about it, she asked if I wanted to maybe talk to and meet Henry. She showed him a picture of me and he said he'd like to get to know me. So we got on AIM (does anyone still use that?!) and started talking to each other almost daily. I had a cell phone that I was using, and we exchanged numbers and began talking to each other daily. Henry's voice was deep and sexy. Seriously, a good sounding deep voice will get a guy far!

Henry and I talked so much that I found myself really liking him a lot without ever meeting him. When I would ask Lizzie about him, she would say that he is tall and really nice. (Here's a hint: if your friend can only say he's nice, he's probably not the best looking.)

Before I knew it, summer was ending, and school was starting. Both Tony and Henry were seniors, and so the thought of dating someone older than me was pretty awesome as well!

I'll never forget the night that I met Henry. Lizzie convinced Tony to come to our town for our back to school night, a night where our parents meet our teachers for the semester to establish a good relationship for any future problems. Basically the ones whose parents need to go never do.

Anyways, like normal we had practice right up to when back to school night started. Lizzie and I wore our sweaty practice clothes over to the high school to meet our moms, and she dropped a ball on me:

"Hey Blake, Tony and Henry are going to be here by the way. Just thought you should know."-Lizzie
"Henry wanted to surprise you"-Lizzie

And boy was I ever surprised. See in my mind, sexy voice = mr sexy pants in real life. No no, Henry was tall and lanky and kind of awkward. And he was dressed grungy. Not that I was any better in my sweaty practice clothes, but at least I had an excuse. I was really disappointed when I met him, and tried to hide my disappointment. But I didn't hide it very well. The four of us hung out for a little bit that evening before the boys had to leave to drive home.

Once he got home, Henry called me and we talked about what we wanted to do. Like I said, I didn't hide my disappointment very well, and he told me that I didn't have to continue talking to him. But I knew that even though I was a little disappointed, I still really liked him. He made me laugh all the time, and we very rarely had a lull in conversation. So, me being the un-shallow person that I tried to be, I told him he was crazy. That I still wanted to talk to him and be with him.

I don't exactly remember if that night we decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend, but I do know that it was sometime around then. I know this because his birthday was a couple weeks later, and we did go out for his birthday as a couple.

This is also where the boys will start taking up more than one post at a time. Just wanted to warn you in advance!

My name is Blake, and I genuinely miss having that giddy feeling.

*all names have been changed to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent