I woke up with an ear-worm this morning. And with it came a flood of memories from a delightful beach trip I took with my family as a teenager.
When I was almost 16 years I traveled with my family to Daytona Beach, Florida. Since our lodging was a travel trailer we settled our trailer in for a few nights at a campground on the beach. My sister and I somehow met two teenage boys. We were all awkward teenagers who just wanted to try surfing like we watched on TV.
Our parents gave my sister and I some money to go halvers with the two boys to rent a surf board. Neither my sister nor I ever quite got the hang of surfing but we had fun trying. My sister and I were quite naive’ and trusting but these two guys were always and polite. [I guess they knew our parents were watching over us from the trailer window (?)]
That evening, near our parents’ trailer the guys made a campfire. Phil, the one I had the crush on was 17. He brought his guitar out and we sang around the campfire. Since our family loved to sing I think our parents and siblings also joined us. Regardless of their presence I clearly remember being so “in love” that night and probably for a month later at least.
Funny thing is we never even touched each other, kissed or anything. But he had strawberry blond/red hair, could surf some, sing, and play the guitar. What more could a teen aged, hormonal girl possibly want in a guy?? The link below is to the song he played and we all sang: “Today”.
Even though I had the biggest hormonal crush on him, I never saw him again. For some reason we never exchanged phone numbers or addresses. I think his parents pulled out of the campground early the next morning. Probably better though.
On the way home the next day I worried when I remembered that he was turning 18 and draft age and could get drafted and have to fight in the Vietnam war! I cried just thinking about it.
It was all so sweetly, goofily, romantic and so like Gidget!
So I had to share this song for all of you who had beach romances. Share your stories if you want to. They are what partly made us who we are and sometimes who we married later. The fall after this trip I met my future husband. A tall, red haired guy who was my first date and later was my husband.