Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesdays With Rita: First Crush and Weddings

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and everybody is thinking red, white, pink hearts.

Last week in the Writers Inspiration Group the leader asked us to write about our first crush.

I wrote about Johnny and I will share that story when I can find the picture of him.

In the meantime, meet my other young crush. Isn't he cute? He's also my cousin, Dean. Who knew in kindergarten or first grade that there was a problem with that. Dean is one year minus one day older than me and I spent many a summer and holiday with his family. He's the closest thing I ever had to a brother.

As the years went Dean, his younger sister, Kay, and I played marathon games of Risk and Monopoly.

 Dean played the trumpet, tap danced, played drums in a band, hunted, and worked on his family farm. He later became a deputy sheriff and has been elected for many terms as sheriff of his home county in Kansas. I've always been proud of my cousin and am proud to admit that I remember when walking to school with the neighbor boy I told him I was going to marry my cousin, Dean.

The years passed and I met Doug. We've been married for 34 years
Not bad, huh?

Who was your first crush?  


  1. Love your photos...priceless! My first crush was a boy named Dana...he was 10 and I was 5. We lived in Maryland on an Army post and I was a very prissy little girl and didn't like to wear anything but dresses. My mom made me wear pants and then made me go out and play. I refused to leave the front porch...which only made her even more angry...guess I was always stong willed...he he...OR stubborn as mom would say ;)
    Anyhow, Dana saw me crying on the front stoop and sat down beside me and asked me why I was so sad. He was so sweet and kind and I was smitten every more...ahhh young love...ain't it grand! Thanks for sharing, fondly, Roberta

  2. love these old pictures and your stories
    my first crush lasted for lots of years and then i got marry to someone i can't believe how it happened
    life is funny ;-)

    p.s. i want an inner critic!!!!

  3. Your cousin sounds like a lot of fun with that list of talents and hobbies. I remember marathons playing board games too. You were a lovely bride!

  4. I honestly can't even remember his name....

    But my Hubby has been my best friend for 16 years now...and I sure do have a crush on him!

    Ciao Bella!

    Creative Carmelina

  5. What a darling photo, btw!

    2 cute!

    Ciao again!
    Creative Carmelina

  6. I'm always dumbfounded by your photos - that you have them and that you can find them! Amazing! My first boyfriend was Robbie, the boy next door. I didn't know about boyfriends he was just always there. He was about 6 months older than I so started school the year before I did. His parents moved to Seattle for better schools - they still had their house next door for weekends and summers, but I was heartbroken when they left and it was never the same after that. I still love Robbie and found him in that house a couple of summers ago. The house I lived in has been torn down, but his is still standing and he lives there with his cats. I have been married 40+ years to the guy I met when 18.


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