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Thursday, February 15, 2007

“She has a ‘crush’ on you”

I am still shaking. Inside, my guts are trying desperately to find their proper position and realign themselves to the appropriate pipes. The class I am supposed to be attentive to is nothing but a blur and the teacher’s gesticulations are foreign to my traumatized psyche.

I think this is my philosophy class, but I might not be in the right room because my normal teacher is a bearded male. The professor in front of me now is an obese female. I think nothing of the error.

Ten minutes ago, I was calmly eating my paper sack lunch in the campus Canteen. Each bite of the savory turkey sandwich was slowly erasing the memories of a difficult science lab and my hunger was being pushed away by the spicy mustard sauce my mother prepared for me before I left.

My slice of heaven was interrupted by an attractive blonde girl’s approaching my empty table. I had my mouth full.

“Do you mind if I take your picture,” she asked with a smile.

“My pficture?” I was confused and the whole grain between my front teeth and lips didn’t help my diction. I was flattered nonetheless.

Taking my response as a “yes,” the newly arrived female pulled a pink razor cellular phone from her purse and pointed the camera lens in my direction. I tried to smile without revealing my crumb covered teeth.

The young woman turned around and would have walked away, had I not forced the remainder of my mouthful down the gullet (incidentally causing a painful dough lump) and asked politely why the picture was needed, besides, of course, the obvious advantage of having a super handsome guy as your desktop pic.

“Oh, my friend has a crush on you and she wants your picture.”

The dough lump got bigger. I tried to swallow but my mouth was so dry that my effort only made a gulping sound and probably caused me to look like a fish out of water. I felt a bead of sweat welling on my forehead, just below my hairline and willed myself keep looking worthy of a crush.

Crush. I’d heard the word before, thrown around, joked about and even used by friends. But what exactly did it mean? In agriculture, crush season is when all the wine grapes are harvested, but my intuition told me her comment had nothing to do with that. In society, crush means a juvenile infatuation with a member of the opposite gender that could, if both parties were more mature, lead to a short marriage. Maybe her friend was digging for a short marriage.

But why come over to my table? Was she suffering from a sever case of post Valentine’s Day depression and trying to assuage her feelings of abandonment with male companionship? Was she hungry for some chocolate and think I was hiding some leftover kisses in my pants pockets?

Ah, the questions that haunt the mind of the modern college student!

Coming from a family of guys, some of whom imagine themselves pretty hot stuff, I’d heard quite a bit of advice on how to handle female advances. I knew how to handle this one.

Stepping out of my chair, I extended my hand and introduced myself.

“I’m Lindsey.” She smiled as a response and looked expectant.

“So is your friend here? I’d love to meet her.” Note the adjective use. He-he!

“No, she’s not here today; she just wanted your picture.” With that last comment, Lindsay turned and walked back to her table.

That’s when I started shaking. In the course of a minute, as much time than it takes a collegiate sprinter to run 400 meters, I’d been informed of a girl’s interest (a boon to my now vibrant male ego) and been told that she just wanted my picture (can you hear the air coming out?).

If she simply desired my mug, she could have just visited any of the tens of singles sites I frequent. My picture (and several descriptive paragraphs) are pasted all over the web. I even have a profile on E-Harmony, where Lindsey’s friend and I could find compatibility on all twenty-nine levels.

No longer hungry, I packed up the remainder of my sandwich and walked to my class (or Miss Calorie's Calculus class as the case turned out).

Can there be any more nerve wracking realization than to be told that a girl has a crush on you? I don’t even know who this person is. She could be Katie Holmes in all her scientological glory or even the teacher with the cocaine wrinkles currently lecturing a sleepy audience in a monotone. She could even be the lovely Lindsey who came by to take the photo, but is playing a juvenile trick to obtain a pixilated representation of the man with whose image she has fallen in love.

Or the holder of the crush could be Anna Nicole Smith. Now there’s a scary thought.

That’s what makes this situation so redoubtable. Somewhere out there, in a world of 3 billion girls, there is one eligible candidate who actually likes me. The thought is so overwhelming, so groundbreaking, that it’s got part of me frightened. I don’t want to meet this mystery girl anymore. I want to go on imagining her as a Nancy Pelosi clone and never have to worry about living up to the image she’s made in her mind.

But then again, part of me is curious. Really curious, actually. Kinda tense, a little nervous and full of anticipation.

6 comments:

hannah said...

the girl with the 'crush' is obviously Lindsey. Some girls tried to pull the same trick on my uber-ly handsome brothers, but they didn't fall for it :)

CountryGoalie said...

Or she's a high-ranking member in a secret society that is bent on first inflating the male ego and then destroying it with several sharp punctures that leave him wondering exactly what happened. Modern day Amazons, see.

(Or Lindsay's just a typical blonde who thinks you'll fall for it.)

Jacqui said...

she's lying. she just wants to photoshop you into something resembling an orc. ;-) haha...

Anonymous said...

Here is something to consider: This is probably not the first time a girl has had a crush on you, nor will it be the last. You just happened to meet someone who was bold enough to admit it to you. (Well, sort of.) You have probably had thousands (slight hyperbole) of girls willing to throw themselves at your feet. ::hums old George Strait song:: "the king of broken hearts doesn't know he's a king...."
Feeling woozy yet?

mrs g said...

Ok, Your blog cries out for some motherly advice: RUN AWAY! Women giving brazen overtures with pink celluar devices should be avoided at all costs. Sadly, Lindsey and many like her do not realize that Manly men, godly men, should do the pursuing since that is how God set up the PLAN. There are plenty of women out there who understand God's plan, and are willing to offer friendship and WAIT for a God-directed man to sweep them off their feet at the proper time.
What is happening to this generation? *!!!Horrors!!!!*

Smurph said...

"Ok, Your blog cries out for some motherly advice: RUN AWAY! Women giving brazen overtures with pink celluar devices should be avoided at all costs. Sadly, Lindsey and many like her do not realize that Manly men, godly men, should do the pursuing since that is how God set up the PLAN. There are plenty of women out there who understand God's plan, and are willing to offer friendship and WAIT for a God-directed man to sweep them off their feet at the proper time."

Amen!

I have had a few guys say they like me (to my face), but never someone I really liked. Not to mention I'm a highschool freshman here.