Today’s prompt for Story a Day’s May challenge is to write a story inspired by a memory from my own life. You can read the full prompt here.
I have previously written a short story based on my memories of the 2014 Color Me 5K Run in HCMC, which you can read here.
The first time I kissed a boy was nothing short of disappointing.
I had been taught by music, television and movies that a first kiss was something special, something to be remembered, and something to be cherished for the rest of my life. Instead, we had walked down to the end of the street holding hands, awkwardly skirted around the act that we both wanted to do, and then bumped noses with each other in a clumsy kiss that had been more spit than tongue.
It taught me a valuable lesson. I stopped listening to the songs that told me about the sparks of a first love. I stopped watching the TV shows that told the stories of young couples who stayed together their whole lives and were perfectly happy and never wanted to try anyone else to see if they were missing something huge. I stopped paying attention to the movies that taught me that, as a young woman, I needed to look at physical pleasure as something sacred that I could only share with the “right” person.
Instead, I focused on what I wanted in my life. I wanted to have lots of kisses with lots of different people so that I could find out what was good and what was bad. I wanted to experiment in as many ways as possible so that I could learn about what I liked and what I disliked. I wanted to fall in love with someone and fall out of love with them, to feel the magic of a blossoming romance and the heartbreak of an impending break up.
And what I wanted, I went out to get.
The first time I kissed a boy was nothing short of disappointing. The second time I kissed a boy, I felt no social pressure to find “the one”. The second time I kissed a boy, it was exactly what I was looking for.
Note: Yes, my first kiss was disappointing. And yes, I did want to kiss lots of other boys. But in real life, those boys didn’t want to kiss me back!