Pimple-faced, lanky, awkward, nearly mute around a girl, this fourteen year old male adores the fourteen year old girl next door. She is taller than he is; she has more friends, she is built… Well, she is built well. She is nice to him; he vacillates between bliss and despair based on whether or not she smiles at him. He tries to get his beard to grow and learn to say “hi” without squeaking. Finally he gives up, goes to his room, and cries his heart out with a pillow muting his sorrow.
He learns to cope. Decides driving a car will be his day – the day he will ask her out. He bravely turns his mind to study and his body to exercise. Mom and Dad are rightfully proud of him; they are understanding go-to parents, and he appreciates their approval.
Finally, sixteen. This is the year! School dance on Friday night. He does it!
“You wouldn’t want to go to the dance with me, would you?” Hallelujah, he didn’t squeak.
“Oh,” she responded, “I have a regular boyfriend who I will be going with.”
He goes to dad for advice. Dad said, “Faint heart ne’er won fair maiden.”
So he tries again, but she said she is going to spend the night with a friend.
Again. “Will you go to church with me next week?” She wouldn’t because she couldn’t miss her own church.
The years roll by. He can’t forget his early crush. They are no longer neighbors. He seldom sees her. She has changed but she is still a beauty. “Go for it,” he tells himself. So he goes to her workplace, and asks her out. She tells him to get lost and quit harassing her.
My young hero does eventually find a girl who appreciates him for his study, exercise, respect for his parents, honor for God. And he grows such a nice beard and has a charming husky voice, a couple of qualities his wife adores.
Fortunately for the world and the continued population of the earth, most young men do turn out like my hero.
But what else might my young man have done? 1. He might have turned on the bluster; who cares anyway. Poor grades, rude to parents, dangerous driving, drink, drugs. 2. He might have isolated himself, became depressed, ate twinkies and potato chips, drank sodas, and gained enough weight to apply for government disability checks. 3. He might have turned to social media, played video games, checked out some porn, decided his life just had no hope, committed suicide. 4. He might have sought help from the school counselor – one who suggested that he might be homosexual. Wow, that’s a deal. Don’t have to ask a girl out again. Just make friends in the gym showers.
I’m glad I wasn’t a boy!