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2 April 2014

26 Greatest loves of my life. Let's call him Barnaby. #atozchallenge

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The whole class was standing in a circle. Baranaby stood in the East and I was in the North. His blond hair framed his head like a halo. His smile was timid but genuine. I was watching him bounce from one foot to the other, when before I knew it, I zipped across the room and gave him a kiss.

Mrs Mean was facing the other way.

I don't know what I was thinking.

I scurried back. No time to look. Can't get caught.

I wondered who saw me and what he was thinking.

Act normal. Nothing happened.

A stolen kiss. We both blushed. I'm in love.

I don't know who got the biggest shock. We never spoke about it, and it never happened again.

Mrs Mean would have smacked me if she saw me.


Whether your 7 or 70 has love ever made you take an enormous risk? What was the outcome?

Was it planned or a did it take you by surprise?







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66 comments :

  1. I have some really embarrassing tales to tell and probably a bit inappropriate, too.

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    1. Don't worry - mine get a bit more embarrassing the older I get too ;)

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  2. What a precious moment. I love the simplicity of "Mrs. Mean"!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! I'm now following you via GFC.

    Michelle @ In Media Res

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    1. Thanks and your welcome Michelle... I think most of us older kids remember a real Mr or Mrs Mean... I'm just glad she wasn't my mother... !

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  3. This is sooo cute.

    I think most of us have had at least one Mrs Mean while in elementary school, eh?

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    1. My sentiments exactly Munir - ours wouldn't let children go to the toilet and then smack them for wetting themselves.

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  4. We all have a Mrs Mean. But I don't think I wouldve been brave enough to steal a kiss from my sweetheart.

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    1. If i had put a single bit of thought into it I wouldn't have been brave enough either... I still remember how shocked and out of control of my own body I felt

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  5. I've had a Mrs. Mean. The woman could have taught cruelty lessons to Hitler.

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    1. I wonder why those women became teachers at all….

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    2. I couldn't describe this woman any better William and you got me wondering the same thing Miss B :)

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  6. I think we all had a Mrs. Mean! Too cute!

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    1. I really wonder what made them think it was ok to be so mean!

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  7. Hahaha! Barnaby was mikie and Mrs. Mean was Sister Norma....out on the school yard! Sigh.

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    1. I'm glad I have learned to control those compulsions - otherwise a few people might have ended up with a cup of tea poured all over them :)

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  8. Only on your second great love, and these are such fun. Of course love has made me take risks. But I want to hear all 26 of yours first!!

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  9. Love your choice of themes!!! And loving your real life story even more :)
    Suzanne @Suzannes Tribe
    xx

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, I'm enjoying both :)

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  10. Another lovely tale, I am so enjoying your recollections :). Risks...hmmm... I think falling in love is a risk in itself and it's such a wonderful one. I have to admit I'm more of a planner than a risk taker and my more impulsive moments are usually in defence of those I love rather than expressions of affections, those I contemplate first.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings

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    1. Love is indeed a risky business. It's easy to get defensive on impulse when we protect people we love. If more people took the time to contemplate expressions of affection, it might never have to be so dramatic or painful. Well said.

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  11. Thoroughly enjoyed this post! Of course, love has made me do some impulsive things. Things I would never ever had done otherwise. And yes, the outcome was good. Looking forward to further posts. Following you now on Twitter! :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the follow Archana. You were obviously in the right place, right time and right frame of mind... I'm not sure where my mind was at half the time. Lucky you.

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  12. Another day, and you've done it again.
    I'm hanging on the edge of the cliff, super excited to see the rest.

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    1. Wouldn't you prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey :) Thanks Miss

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  13. Awww....now isn't that a sweet post! Keep going... :)

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    1. Thanks Beloo - it's part of the plan :)

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  14. Love makes us thief, liar, spy, and what not!!! Great post!

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    1. I'm not sure love makes us do any of those things - many things have been done in the name of love though :)

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  15. aww that's a so sweet :D
    I fought a storm for love.. so yeahh took lots of risk :)

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    1. I'd love to know more. The Captain fought a volcano for me - well technically he found a way to catch a plane during a volcano that bought him closer to me :)

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  16. Now that is adorable. What a horrid person Mrs. Mean must have been ;) I have not DONE anything to speak of, in terms of love mishaps. Thought about.. well, let's not go there ;)

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    1. It's amazing what we remember when we put some thought into it... Mrs Mean was horrid

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  17. Awee.... that was such a romantic story! I missed doing all this!!!

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    1. I don't miss it but I have fond memories :)

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  18. Such a nice story, funny yet romantic. All the best for your April posts.

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    1. Thanks Belinda, it was also very scary. All the on your musical journey too

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  19. Heh, the closest I've come to a stolen kiss is tackling a boy on the playground. :)

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    1. Haha Loni, we weren't as subtle as kids

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  20. Of course yes we have done this all :D stolen a kiss or two in classes :D

    Richa

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    1. I'm glad it only ever happened once to me.

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  21. the biggest risk in love I ever took...
    5 days after I met TheHubs, he asked me to marry him.
    I said yes.
    A month later, we were married.
    That was over 24 years ago. :)

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z
    Caring for My Veteran

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    1. That was a huge risk...Congratulations - I could never be that impulsive.

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    2. How fabulous! Congratulations!

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  22. I don't think I've ever been that brave! How old were you? My usual MO was to admire from afar...I suppose that's why they didn't notice me.

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    1. I don't think I was ever intentionally that brave either... I was only 6 at the time. Sometimes admiring from afar can be heartbreaking or save us from embarrassment :)

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  23. Bless Barnaby with his halo like hair. And you for having the inspiration to give him a kiss.
    Oh yes, in the name of love, lust, passion great risks have been taken .. by me, my shadow and I.
    Garden of Eden Blog

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    1. I see a lot of that colour hair in the part of the world I live in now - it reminds me of him so often. My shadow was definitely in charge that day....Bless her too :)

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  24. I've taken big risks, but not in relationships. And when I was a kid, I was too chicken to have acted impulsively like that. Looking back, I wonder how my life would have turned out if I had. I don't regret the life I have.. I love it in fact, but the creative in me wonders, what if?

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    1. With out wonder there would be no wisdom, is fast becoming one of my favourite sayings of late. I wish I had have been more sensible at times, but like you I have no regrets :)

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  25. In my 20's I once spent the rest of the night (after a night out) talking to a friend I really fancied but daren't do anything about it, he left and I went to work with about an hour's sleep... I always regretted it.

    Next time I saw him (he'd moved away so not someone I used to bump into) it was the end of a night out, we said hello quite instinctively by kissing passionately, it was like the months inbetween hadn't existed and we'd naturally done what we both (I found out later) had wanted to do the first time we met...

    Still gives me goosebumps thinking back...

    Mars
    Curling Stones for Lego People

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    1. Oh Mars this made me laugh out loud when i was sneaking a glance at my emails - thank you so much for sharing. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to know more but the story is sweet left hanging too. It reminds me of my first kiss with the Captain, he waited 12 years for it :)

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  26. Yeah, I've faced a Mrs. Mean in my life. :/

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  27. Hehe..Ida sweet post! Err...yes I have risked what-not for love!! ;)

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    1. ...and I'm sure it was worth it :)

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  28. Stolen moments and sweet kisses.........beautiful memories.
    Thanks

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thought Inderpreet

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  29. Nice to meet you, Ida.
    It's a great theme for the blogging challenge.
    I agree with you in that love makes one take an enormous risk.

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    1. Thank you Romi, I have enjoyed meeting you and your bears too. Hopefully the benefits outweigh the risks in the long run

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  30. This is brilliant! Short, sweet and very entertaining. You sound like so much fun - really feisty and fierce.
    Quickly becoming a huge fan,
    Lena

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    1. Thanks Lena. I was pretty feisty, one teacher used to call me ebullient. Do you have comments turned off on your blog - I can't find them anywhere.

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  31. Perfect! Yes, I've moved all over the place for love. To places where I didn't even know where to buy groceries. Fumbling in the dark for anything and everything, but it was ok...I had My Love.

    :)

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    1. I moved to another country, just 4 years ago... I could do an A-Z of the struggles I've had shopping :)

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