A Weekly Column
WHAT’S IN A CRUSH?
Jon has a new girlfriend. Sort of.
Her name is Megan Fox. I don’t know much about her, but Google tells me she plays a featured part in the new “Transformers” movie, which Jon has seen about 13 times now – in no small part, I’m sure, because of Ms. Fox. Evidently Jon has sort of a movie crush on her. I know this because I am seeing “Megan Fox” searches showing up all over the parental control reports I get from our internet provider. Clearly, my 15-year-old son has moved on.
Out with Poppy
Of course I understand this. I had my share of movie and TV crushes when I was young. My first TV crushes were . . . well . . . not human. I was big on Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, and I would have given anything – absolutely anything – to take a ride on Tonto’s beautiful paint, Scout (I have a picture of me on a little pinto pony, which is as close as I ever got to riding Scout, and the look on my face is pure, pre-adolescent rapture).
My first human TV crush was – who else? – Annette Funicello, everyone’s favorite Mouseketeer. She was the reason I never missed an episode of the Mickey Mouse Club – well, her and the possibility that it just might be Anything Can Happen Day. Then I moved on to Natalie Wood. I’ll never forget the day Mom caught me kissing her picture on the back cover of the “West Side Story” soundtrack. I can still feel my ears burning with embarrassment as she told and re-told that story to anyone who would listen.
In later years I had star crushes on Audrey
Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Ann-Margret,
respectively. Now, I’m not sure how a
redhead worked her way in among all the brunettes for whom I always seemed to
haven a propensity. But my first four
real-life crushes – Gayle, Barbara, Jan and Miss Green, my fourth-grade teacher
– all had dark hair. It wasn’t until 9th
grade and a lovely pep clubber named
A coincidence? I think not.
A few days ago I saw an online article suggesting
that your star crushes tell a lot about the kind of person you are looking for
in real life. For example, the article
said that a woman who is attracted to Johnny Depp’s
“Pirates of the
I don’t know about all of that, but it got me
thinking: what do my early TV and movie crushes tell me about the kind of woman
I was looking for – and eventually married over 30 years ago? Well, like Annette Funicello’s
career persona, Anita is sweet, innocent and beautiful. Like Maria, the character Natalie Wood played
in “West Side Story,” she is Hispanic (although Anita’s ancestry is from
OK, so maybe she was blonde when I married her. That doesn’t alter the fact that I really did marry a woman who embodies so many of the traits and characteristics I found attractive in my earliest TV and movie crushes. Which sort of makes me wonder what it is about Megan Fox that Jon finds so appealing, and how those traits might be manifest in my future daughter-in-law.
And whether or not I’ll be seeing any of his lip-prints on our computer screen.
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