I remember being surprised when at a slumber party my daughter was hosting, all of the girls proclaimed their undying love for Johnny Depp. This was at least seven years ago, so my daughter and her friends were nine and ten years old. I told them that Johnny Depp was older than I am, thinking that bit of knowledge would mortify, but no, they continued to swoon every time his name was brought up. And they were bringing it up every other word, so there was much swooning.
Thinking back now on all the crushes I had when I was a kid, the fact that my daughter and her friends were enamored with a much older man should not have been surprising. The subject(s) of my childhood infatuation were often decades older than I was too. I just didn’t know, or think about their age. When you are a kid with a crush, age is not the primary focus. Even when you are five or six and the object of your affection is twenty-six or twenty-seven…
Do you remember the television show Emergency!? I barely do. I know that paramedics were involved as was the term, “Rampart” (whatever that means). And I remember Randolph Mantooth–I most definitely remember him. I don’t know what his character’s name was, or what the character was like; I was probably only five or six when I watched Emergency!, but I do remember that I was going to marry Randolph Mantooth. And really, that’s all that matters, right?
Erik Estrada, Ponch on CHiPs, was crush number two. Difference in age: 18 years.
I was ten when CHiPs first aired and am fairly certain this crush was instantaneous. Yes, all it took was one look at Erik Estrada riding on his motorcycle, wearing his tight police uniform… and I was *gulp* hooked.
Just a good ‘ol boy, John Schneider from the Dukes of Hazzard is crush number three. Difference in age: seven years.
The last kid crush I remember having was when I was 12, that’s how old I was in 1979 when the Dukes of Hazzard debuted on CBS and John Schneider yee-hawed his way into my heart. I have to admit that I wavered a bit with this crush. From week to week my preference could, and would, change. Sometimes, I liked Luke Duke better than cousin Bo. I think the fickle nature of this infatuation was directly attributable to how many times John Schneider or Tom Wopat appeared on the Love Boat or Battle of the Network Stars. An appearance on either of these shows would almost guarantee that my affection would shift, especially if the story line on the Love Boat was good.
I know all of you had crushes too. On who? Do tell…