The awesome Alex Cavanaugh is hosting the First Loves Blogfest. Post your first movie, first music (song/band,) first book, and first person. Four loves, one blogfest. Go HERE to read other bloggers participating in the blogfest.
Movie - Return of the Jedi
Hello? Space, amazing mind powers, family drama, love, Han Solo *sigh*... and the infamous I am your father scene still gives me chills!
Music - Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns N' Roses
My grandma loved music, and it's because of her that I love Elvis, The Beatles, and Steve Miller Band.
I couldn't choose just one song from those so I decided to pick one from G N' R. Yeah, I know. Total opposite of the spectrum, but I remember the first time I heard it. My friend, Jen, and I were dancing around to music. Sweet Child O' Mine came on MTV, and we both flipped out over this song.
Book - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Being the oldest child, with three younger brothers, I totally related to this book when I was younger.
To live in a museum? How cool would that be? Now, being an adult, I think back and love that I had a wild imagination.
Person - Hubby
(Allen with my little brother, Nick)
At age 18, I married my first husband, Allen. Yep, I was a young pup. We were together for only six months when he passed away in a car accident. At such a tender age, I can honestly say I didn't know how to handle it. That first year after his death is a blur of images that my brain protects me from remembering. That didn't keep me from being angry and guarded. I didn't want to love again because I didn't want to go through the pain from loss. Also, I couldn't fathom why I was alive and Allen was dead. He had such a beautiful soul, but God must've needed him more than I did.
(my hubby and me)
Three years later my BFF introduced me to this guy named Lenny. My stomach did little flips, but I was so scared. I hadn't felt this way since my first husband. And what if I was a jinx? What if this guy dated me and he got in a car accident and died, too? I pushed him away, but he was so patient with me.
On the four year anniversary of Allen's death, Lenny sent me flowers in memory of my first husband. I kept thinking how could he be so sweet? I mean, seriously. What man would do that? Not many.
Lenny showed me that it was okay to mourn -- that grieving was healthy and that I needed to do that in order to move on. He also showed me that it was okay to laugh, to live, and to love again without feeling guilty.
My first husband will always have a special place in my heart, but Lenny holds the key.
Lovely posting on the First Love and OMGosh on losing your sweetheart so young am so glad you were able to find love again. What a sweet story.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for your kind words. ^_^Delete
Guns and Roses! Love!ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry for your loss, but I'm happy you found love again with Lenny.
Excellent choices for movie and music!ReplyDelete
I am sorry to here about first husband. I am glad you were able to find Lenny afterwards.
Thanks so much. :)Delete
Great choices--I also chose Star Wars! I only know the song by Guns n' Roses because I played it in Guitar Hero and it was really fun to play :)ReplyDelete
Allison (Geek Banter)
We love Guitar Hero (and Rock Band ^_^)at my house!!!Delete
What great choices - and a great tribute to the wonderful men you've found!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Nicole! :)Delete
My movie choice was the A New Hope. ;)ReplyDelete
Nice choice there!Delete
Wow, that's so sad. But wonderful that you found such a great guy.ReplyDelete
And my fave is Return of the Jedi too.
Yay to Return of the Jedi! Great minds think alike. :)Delete
Axl Rose had a special place on my wall during my teenage years.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you met Lenny and that he brought love to your life again!
Axl was on my wall, too. :)Delete
Thanks for the nice words.
I've read some touching posts about first loves, but yours is the most sweet and powerful. Thanks for sharing your story.ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you so very much. It was therapeutic to write it.Delete
Great firsts and what a great tribute to both of your wonderful men that has touched your life.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much. ^_^Delete
That is such a wonderful story about Lenny. He had great patience and determination.ReplyDelete
Thanks for participating in my blogfest!
Thank you for hosting this awesome blogfest! :)Delete
I can't even fathom having to go through such an ordeal at only 18. I married at 19 - you think you're invincible then. I'm so glad you got through it and built a new life.ReplyDelete
Love Guns N Roses. Lovely firsts post :)ReplyDelete
GNR are among the greats! :DDelete
Guns N Roses "November Rain" is my favorite of theirs. Yeah, I'm a sentimentalist. Cool post on Firsts! Thanks for visiting my blog!ReplyDelete
Love November Rain.Delete
I forgot, Star Wars, the whole first set I saw four times each in theaters when they came out. Over and over and over. Couldn't get enough of them. Wish I felt that way about the last three...ReplyDelete
I love all of them. :DDelete
Thank you for sharing your memories.ReplyDelete
Evalina, This and that...
Thank you for stopping by to read them.Delete
Excellent choices! Jedi is still my fav! And GnR! Just excellent!ReplyDelete
Sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how horrible that must have been.
You can't go wrong with Jedi or GNR! :DDelete
I LOVE sweet child of mine. I still rock out to that :DReplyDelete
It's such an amazing tune! :)Delete
It's so awful to lose your first love so young. I watched one of my best friends go through it, and it was awful. :(ReplyDelete
Guns n Roses are amazing! :D
It's good they had you to lean on!Delete
Return of the Jedi is a popular First Movie Love...It's been a while since I watched it.ReplyDelete
You should watch it again! :)Delete
Aww. :( How awful to lose your first love, and it's wonderful that your second is so helpful and great!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your nice words.Delete
Oh, your story made me tear up. That's wonderful that you found love again, and with someone so sweet and understanding.ReplyDelete
Aw, thanks for reading.Delete
So sweet your hubby made the list! I love it :)ReplyDelete
Your first love story is beautiful! So sad and happy. Thanks for sharing it :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for coming to my blog to read it. :)Delete
Awesome firsts post. Your love story is sad and sweet. You have a wonderful husband to do that for you.ReplyDelete
Hello Jackie. This is lovely. How could I ever forget Sweet Child of Mine. Love Guns n Roses. November Rain is my favourite. Glad to meet another whose first love is their hubby. So sweet.ReplyDelete
Thanks for following. I've followed you back. I hope we see lots of each other.
Thanks so much for the follow! :)Delete
Sorry I'm late.ReplyDelete
Book does sound familiar.
Your love story is beautiful. What a wonderful man.
Thanks for sharing with us.
No worries. I'm usually late. :)Delete
Your first loves stories are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. ^_^Delete
Stopping thru to let ya know that I am sharing the blogging love of a blog award to you. Stop by http://1dayiwll.blogspot.com/ to collect. :)ReplyDelete
Aw, thanks so much!!! You're awesome!Delete
Oh my, I didn't expect this - honestly thank you for sharing this story. I'm literally crying. I'm so happy you found love again. Sending you a big teddy-bear hug - hope you can feel it!ReplyDelete
Sharing the Love!
English Speaking Zone
You're so sweet. Thank you for the hug!Delete
I ADORE From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It's such a classic book and really sticks with you for a long time.ReplyDelete
Also, I saw you got a RAOK shoutout this week, congratulations!
Such a wonderful book!Delete
Yep, Andrea rocks! It was a nice surprise. :)
Aw, I'm so sorry you had to go through such misery, and at such a young age. Lenny sounds like a true gentleman and a real keeper! Oh and, I love Sweet Child of Mine! Takes me away to that special place...ReplyDelete
Thanks. He is! :DDelete
It's such a great song!
Hi there! I vowed that I would visit all the bloggers who participated in the A to Z blog and here I am keeping my promise...;0)ReplyDelete
Lovely blog...good luck with the rest of the year!
Donna L Martin
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the nice compliment! ^-^Delete
I never watched another Star Wars movie after the first one. I loved the first one.ReplyDelete
As for GNR, when was "Sweet Child of Mine"? 1987?
All I recall is a friend of mine handing me their first album on cassette and I was instantly hooked. Too bad Axl has to be a chump nowadays. lol
What?! You should watch them all, IMO.Delete
My faves would be Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith.
As for your question, 1987 sounds right. :)
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Wow! Thank you so much for the award! You rock!!!Delete
That's so sad about your first husband but it's great that you found a guy like Lenny.ReplyDelete
Stopping by on the Post A To Z Road Trip :)
Thank you for visiting my blog! :)Delete