Woman shoe on high heel on the blue background.




I still remember the day my first love played me the song "All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo. We were 11 years old, and after spending the day riding bikes around Bayshore, we stopped at his grandma's house for bologna sandwiches. After feasting on the front porch, he pulled out his Walkman, which he had skillfully cued up to the beginning of the song. I know some of you young readers can't appreciate the effort it used to take to find your favorite song on a cassette player, but let me tell you, it was no small feat. As we leaned in close to share one headphone, I thought, "So, this is it. This is love."

Two months later, summer ended, and my first love and I went on to different middle schools. He found a new love in a curly-haired, girly-girl and broke up with me over the phone. I was devastated but resolute. Surely, I would find my person soon. I did it once, and I could definitely do it again.



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