Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Beauty and the Beast

When I was a junior in high school, our class performed Beauty and the Beast. We sang it as well as put motions to it for our high school's annual Songfest. It was a hit! The song will always be special to me as well as the movie. It reminds me so much of simpler times.

At that point in my life, I had never been kissed which means I still hadn't done the "do". My grades were stellar. I was popular. I was an all-state athlete (shot put and discus). I did alright with my parents. Life was great! No worries at all. Come to think of it, my childhood was absolutely wonderful.

Anyway, there were four leaders chosen to lead our class in songfest. Two gentlemen, two ladies. I was selected to be one of them. My partner was my junior year crush. Of course, at the time I thought it was love. He was on the offensive line for the football team. Big and strong and such a gentleman. We were great friends and that is one of the first inklings that I knew that the man I share my life with would have to be my best friend and be BIG and STRONG. (My husband fits the bill.)

He and I were partners and we had to do this dance and at the same time sing Beauty and the Beast and also lead our class. I was absolutely thrilled that he was my partner, that we were in such a public arena. This was like the 2nd or 3rd big event that he and I were paired together in a huge public event.

The first time was at the homecoming football game. And it went a little something like this: At the end of the homecoming game, I was standing with all my girls waiting for the football team to exit the field. He was taking his time coming off the field as he greeted all his "fans" and his family members. I stood at the back so I could get at him AFTER everyone had congratulated him. It was amazing. As his fans parted, he saw me, put one arm out and pointed at me then proceeded to sing,

"Just to be close to you, GIRL. Just for a moment. Just for an hour...."

Without question I was melting. It was a teen girls fantasy come true. For some strange reason, that had become our song, Just to Be Close to You by the Commodores. It's so funny to think about it now. We were so young. Everything that happened after he sang to me was kind of a blur... including the homecoming dance. We danced together almost the entire evening. I remember the extreme butterflies in my belly and how every feeling was so brand new!

The second time we were paired together was the Winterball. Winterball is usually Ladies Choice so of course I had to ask him. I wore red. We looked absolutely stunning together. We really did. I felt like silk being on his arm as we entered our high school winterball. Our pictures came out gorgeous and I loved handing it out right after the ball.

Then, there we were at the songfest partnered up as Beauty and the Beast. The memories attached to that song are wonderful. They bring back such sweet memories of my first "ALMOST-BOYFRIEND". Our relationship / friendship wasn't marred with anger or hatred or even heartbreak. With the momentum of all the things we had done together, you would have thought that we'd end up going to the prom together, falling in love and pursuing a relationship. It didn't quite end that way.

Junior prom, he asked someone else. His friend asked me and that was that. I'm kinda glad I went with his friend because that was one of the best dates I have ever had! Ahhh but that's another story. Isn't it funny how songs can just bring a slew of memories into the mind?

What's your song and where does it take you?

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