Monday, December 13, 2010
Lessons Learned From An Eight Year-old's Broken Heart
I’ve been on a series of good dates recently with several gentlemen (two of whom actually paid, which I have found to be a rare thing these days and -- call me old-fashioned -- I think the man should do on a first date). But, not to fear, for regardless of the recent evidence that there just may be some decent men left in the world (whether or not they are my perfect match, they’re at least out there), this blog is not doomed, for I was having my heart broken long before I knew the first thing about the birds and the bees. So sit back, relax and enjoy the tale of my very first broken heart.
His name was Charlie. And for a few fleeting days I was the envy of 40 eight year-old girls because Charlie was mine. He was my boyfriend for two or three days when we decided the next logical step was to get married. This was something I took extremely seriously, perhaps far more seriously than I will someday take my real wedding. Charlie asked his friend Andrew to be the Best Man and I asked my best friend Elisha to be my Maid of Honor. The ceremony was set for the following day at recess, by the swing set.
I remember rushing home after school to tell my mom the good news. She was, of course, quite ecstatic for me and made sure my favorite dress was washed and ready to serve as my wedding gown in the morning. She even french-braided my hair, something we rarely took the time to do before school. Only for very special occasions, to be sure.
When I got to school I approached Charlie, batting my eyes and twirling in my dress to ask if he was ready for our big day. Charlie responded that he had changed his mind about marrying me and that Dana was now his girlfriend. I turned and walked away, devastated. I still think of that moment every time I think of complete heartbreak. Charlie moved away a few years later and I never saw him again. However, with the recent advantages of Facebook I found him recently -- he shares a Facebook page with his girlfriend. Why don’t you twist the knife a little deeper, Charlie? Though in Charlie’s defense I must say that he taught some very valuable lessons: Never get married on a day’s notice, or to someone you’ve been dating for three days.