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Thursday, February 10, 2011

My first kiss (and most embarrassing moment ever)

Let me set the scene:

It's summer camp. A warm, breezy night. Clear, star-speckled sky. The boy I've been crushed out on for two summers has finally, finally asked me out, and now he's walking me back to my bunk after evening activity. We take a detour across an open field, supposedly (wink, wink) so he can show me how to locate the North Star (you find the Big Dipper, then draw a line straight up from the bowl of the ladle--but I digress). We find and admire it. Finally, he puts his hands on my shoulders and turns me towards him. My heart is pounding.

This. Is. It.

But he hesitates. "Hey," he says quietly. "Have you ever kissed anyone before?"
Truthfully, I answer, "No" before asking, "Have you?"
"Yes," he answers.
And then, before he can press his lips to mine, I quickly say, "Oh! I forgot. I have too."

Oh. I forgot. I have too.

I actually said those words.

Like, When you asked if I had ever had another boy's lips on mine I said no because I am soooo sexually experienced that I simply cannot keep track of all my romantic encounters. It's not that I've never kissed anyone before. It's that I've kissed so many boys I sometimes get confused about having kissed any. You understand how that can happen to a person. Right?

Oh. I forgot. I have too.

Now that I am an adult, I sometimes say or do things that I am embarrassed about. Maybe I don't remember somebody's name even though we've been introduced multiple times. Maybe I claim to have read a book I only read a few pages of. Maybe I mispronounce a foreign word.

But you know something? When that happens, I shouldn't bother to be embarrassed. What I should do is simply repeat the following six words to myself:

Oh. I forgot. I have too.

Because honestly, who could be embarrassed about anything after that?

How about you? Tell me about your most embarrassing moment or your first kiss. (Or, if you're like me, you can tell about both at once.)

To read the first chapter of The Darlings in Love (a book in which there are several non-humiliating first kisses), click here.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahaha, this is so funny! What a great story! But you didn't tell us what his reaction was??!! I'm really curious. :)

My first actual kiss was pretty darn embarrassing. I was at callbacks for my school musical, with all my friends (because basically all my friends were also drama geeks of course). The director then announced that the scene we would have to read for would be a kissing scene. In middle school, I kid you not. I was 14- one girl was 12! It was ridiculous.
So of COURSE I had to be the very first to go. We got to the kissing part in the script and the boy (who I wasn't really friends with yet, but he was cute and tall. And is now one of the gayest guys I know... but I digress) looked at the director and was like "do we really have to do this?"
Everyone was laughing, it was awful. The kiss itself probably lasted less than a second, we wanted to get it over with so badly. I think I was his first kiss too. But I think your story wins.

My first legit kiss, as in with a guy I actually liked, was pretty bad too. It wasn't until about the 3rd kiss with him that things started to improve, haha.

Also, the set up of your story sort of reminded me of Girlfriend Material (summer, romantic setting for a first kiss)... but that might just be because I love that book so much, I make random references to it. :) I am a big fan!!


February 10, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So he still kissed you right?? :) :)

February 11, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't been kissed yet, but I hope I do soon. I'm 14, and I'm in love with love!!

You're an awesome author!!! You share your own personal experiences with readers, unlike a lot of other authors!!!

- Maddie C

February 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Jen Daiker said...

I loved this!! What a bold post! Gives me the guts to share mine on my blog! Hmm maybe it should be a blogfest!!

February 26, 2011 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Nancye said...

I can top that--- my mom actually walked in on my first kiss! You can't make stuff like that up!! There we were, at the school dance and my mom decides to pick me and my friends up early. She came inside and didn't see me, so she came down the hall looking for me. Well, she found me! Right where I had taken a little walk with "David" But I can say that little event didn't get in the way of lots of really good kisses later on. Thank goodness my mom didn't walk in on those! :)

March 7, 2011 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Deborah A. said...

One of my most embarrassing moments ever happened in college. My roommate was at a swing dance and asked me to bring her a tampon. I shoved it in my sleeve so I could do a sly hand-off. I was intercepted before I reached my roommate, and a guy who I barely knew pulled me into a dance. It was like you see in the movies where the crowd parted and everyone circled around us to watch us dance. The whole time I cringed every time he grabbed my wrist because I just knew he could feel the tampon (but probably didn't know what it was). At the end of the song I thanked him and turned to leave when I realized the tampon was gone! I looked around and there it was: on the ground in the middle of the parted crowd. I bent down, picked it up, and walked away. I never looked back, and the guy never spoke to me again.


March 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my first kiss was in a bus loop at my school. I had been going out with this guy for two days and he decided to kiss me good bye. I didn't realized what was going on and then he kissed me again. later that night we had marching band practice(I'm on guard he's on drum line) I thought he was going to kiss me again but he didn't so I was standing there like an idiot waiting for him to kiss me before I left.

FYI: after going out with him for a month I found out he cheated on me. Now he's going out with one of my friends and they have no idea that I know and are trying to keep it that way.

March 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

lol it's amazing how important those moments seam at the time. Then later you just look back and laugh. Oh and I was a lucky winner of your book. The Darlings Are Forever has now been added to my TBR pile.

April 1, 2011 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger Micaela said...

My first kiss was so embarassing!!!!!!!!! It happened at my 8th grade semi formal. I asked him to go to the dance with me (just as friends). Him and I had been hanging out for a while and he said sure that he would go to the dance with me. So we danced and had a great time. Then came the last slow dance. I had danced with other guys before and had a occasional kiss on the cheek, but when I saw him there with his hands on my waist I just had to do something so I leaned and kissed him. Boy was he suprised! I mean how could he have not seen that coming. We went out ice skating once and hung out around the park a few times. He is like 4 inches shorter than me so after I kissed him I went to give him a kiss on the cheek and I leaned in too far and kissed his neck. It was in front of his friends too! Man I was embarrased and I just turned around and walked away. A few days later I texted him about it saying I was sorry and I normaly wouldn't do that and he said it was cool and we kept on hanging out. We still do and are realy close friends now(hopefully more than that soon).
Wish Me luck!

May 8, 2011 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous BrokenHearted said...

Me and my boyfriend were going to kiss but he broke up with me over text message before we could this happened last week and I am really upset any advice???

September 20, 2011 at 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


just remember that no guy is worth crying over and the one who is wouldn't make you

November 13, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first kiss was really ... Um well, not memorable.
I was at my boyfriends bestfriends birthday party and my dad decided to pick me up early. So I was packing up my stuff and every body came into the room shouting KISS KISS KISS. So me (being the nervous git I am) ran out the door to my dad. It wasn't that I didn't want to kiss him I was just a typical shy 12 year old girl. But, it seemed that God hated me cause my dad was talking and he said to go inside. When I came back in my boyfriend looked hurt and every one was shouting again so we stood facing each other and I went for the cheek and he went for the lips so naturally he only got the edge of my lip. So then I ran, blushing madly, out to the car.

I am actually disappointed with my first kiss

GingerNinja (even though I'm not ginger...)

January 29, 2012 at 2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first kiss... it was horrible because i wasn't allowed to kiss and i did, it happened when my best friend and her family came to visit she is older than me and her brother is my age, we were in my room with my older sister and my older sister and my friend left and it was just me and him and i really liked him so i got up and tried to flirt with him and ran my hand through his hair and leaned in and he also leaned in so we ended up french kissing and i was so dazed that i didn't realize my sister was standing right there with my friend, i freaked out so badly and bit his lip really hard and it started bleeding.

i feel terrible now!!!

July 16, 2012 at 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been going out with my boyfriend for 3 months and we kiss like peck and recently he told me he wanted to kiss more passionately and I want to too but the thing is I'm a bit unsure how to? Can someone help?

July 16, 2012 at 3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first kiss was really embearising cause i had been dateing this guy for like a month and i brought him home to meet my parents (big mistake) so we went up to my room and talked for a little bit then he leend in to kiss me And we were french kissing and both our shirts were off and i didnt have a bra on and then my dad came in to ask if i knew were a screwdriver was and he totaly freaked out my boyfriend juped up and ran out as fast he could before my dad could get him but i just found something to cover up then started screaming at my dad and to get revenge on my dad all i wore until he forgave my boyfriend was my boyfriends shirt no bra or underwear

December 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first kiss was at a park with a group of my friends. By the middle of the night we were both fairly drunk and we were away from the rest of group. I had a crush on him on and off a few times so I asked him would he be my first kiss. (I don't know why I asked because he had gotten his first kiss only 30 minutes or so beforehand) He said alright just a quick one and he leaned down and we kind of missed each other's lips at first but then our lips met for like a second. I feel really embarrassed that my first kiss happened because I asked and just after he had his... :S

December 18, 2012 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my first kiss was pretty bad... I was sitting next to him on a golf cart as my friend and her bf were kissing in the back and he turned to me and said how about me and turned his head... thinking he was expecting a kiss on the cheek i leaned in to kiss his cheek and he turned his head...then i was so embarrassed i couldn't even go in for the kiss i just awkwardly sat there as he said to me "you have to open your mouth" and all i said to him was no... ugh worst memories

June 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first kiss was pretty bad, it was at a big bonfire party my aunt was hosting. Anyway one of her friends sons showed up and we started talking and walking, until we were sitting with our legs over the side of a big drop off before a giant creek bed. Anyway we talked and looked into eachothers eyes he asked if i had my first kiss yet i said no, and we leaned in and kissed for like five seconds when i heard my aunt yelling, WHAT ARE YOU TWO DOING YOU KNOW YOU ARENT OLD ENOUGH TO KISS YET! I stood up and panicked the next thing i knew, i fell into the deep creek bed and broke my wrist

January 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger William Kurth said...

um.. my first kiss was in 7th grade. it was valentines day and i asked her to meet me by my locker at a certain time. then, i opened up my locker and gave her a box of chocolates that I had bought for her and I asked "will u be my valentine" and she replied saying "of course". Then I picked her up and we kissed. That was my first kiss and it was hers. I found out later when she broke up with me, that she had been cheating on my and got pretty pissed. Now I know that she is a scumbag that is not fit to lick the dirt off my shoes and i realize that I am better off without her. Any way, anyone got any tips?

June 26, 2014 at 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Chenice said...

I haven't had my first kiss yet. I really want to have it, but I can't. I'm too embarrassed, so's my boyfriend. we haven't hugged or held hands yet? ADVICE PLEASE

September 2, 2014 at 1:52 PM  
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July 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM  
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