Day in the Life of Candy
A few days ago, Mia and I were quite impressed by a text I received from one of our illustrators. I thought I had misinterpreted a drawing of his and texted him an apology. He quickly replied that no, I had gotten it right – and to prove it, he began quoting verses from a poem by e.e. cummings, the inspiration for the drawing! Mia and I looked at each other in awe and said, “I wonder if our boyfriends even know who e.e. cummings is!” Now, whenever the girls at the Summit office hear this story, they all want this illustrator for themselves! Too bad he’s taken, girls!
But I know that my high school self would definitely want him for herself too. I clearly remember waiting outside the high school gates with my friend Romina, wistfully making up stories of the guys we were going to live happily ever after with. My list read something like this:
- must love books, poetry, music, and musicals (Broadway!)
– must love animals (not just dogs!)
– must be able to dance
– must be ROMANTIC
– must write me poetry, love letters, basically sweep me off my feet
And guess what? When I got to college, I met him right away. It all began when I bummed a ride from one of his friends. Before getting into the front seat, he asked me if I had read Love Story by Erich Segal. When I said no, he handed me the book, telling me that I was going to cry buckets of tears. When I got home, I immediately began reading it – and promptly cried those salty buckets. When I returned it, we began talking about the other books we had read. Then he offered me a ride home, and I wasn’t surprised to hear my favorite musical playing in his car. We sang along to it – with no inhibitions whatsoever. He couldn’t sing (at all!), but it was cool that he tried. A few weeks later, after taking me home, he told me he had a surprise for me. He pulled out a sketch he made of an island. He told me that whenever I wanted to get away, I could always escape to that island he created for me. I was touched. Just the way I was touched when he wrote me a poem, drew me a unicorn, gave me and my mom flowers on Valentine’s Day, and yes, danced with me. And I don’t think he had a problem with my huge Labrador retrievers, either. But there was one problem—I didn’t like him. He bugged me. He stifled me. I didn’t enjoy talking to him over the phone. And I found him annoying.
I was so frustrated. Wasn’t he the guy I had prayed for oh-so-fervently, on my knees, in my little high school uniform? He fit the bill. He was perfect. He was supposed to sweep me off my feet! But apparently, he didn’t. So today, I have a new list.
- must dance with me (even if he doesn’t know how)
– must know how to make me laugh
– must make me feel special
– must love animals (not just dogs!)
– must be my best friend
Even if my boy doesn’t know who e.e. cummings is (plus, he refuses to read Love Story!) and I still try to bully him into writing me something sweet (I am not even hoping for a poem or a sketch of an island), he makes me feel like the most important person in the world. And that, I’ve found, is the best way to sweep a girl off her feet.
P.S. What’s on your list?
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