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The Slice: Anybody else willing to kiss and tell?

Tue., Feb. 5, 2013

Noting that Valentine’s Day is coming, a reader named Sally shared the story of her first kiss.

“We were playing hide and seek in Washtucna City Park,” she wrote.

Sally didn’t say how old she was, noting only that it was more than 50 years ago.

In the course of the game-playing she managed to lose a shoe. One of the boys there found it.

“He said he’d give it back if he could kiss me.”

Sally secured the return of her footwear. “That was my first kiss but not my last.”

She asked that I not use her full name because she fears the shoe-bartering boy’s wife might get sore about it, even after all these years.

But her note gave me an idea. Why not ask readers to tell about their first kiss?

Consider yourself asked. Tell all.

Of course, there are different kinds of first kisses. So feel free to choose.

1. A first kiss as a child: This might have been the product of a dare. Or it could have been some other kid’s idea of acting grown-up. In any case, it probably didn’t set off fireworks.

2. A first kiss when you were just old enough to appreciate the implications: Ah, sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found you.

3. A first kiss when you were a teenager firing on all cylinders: Those memories range from sweet, oldies-in-the-background nostalgia to head-shaking recollections of ridiculous wrestling and fending off The Creature With 1,000 Hands.

4. A first kiss that incorporated smooching techniques you had heard about or seen in movies: Sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

5. A first kiss with someone to whom you would say “I love you”: Makes the world go ’round.

6. A first kiss with someone with whom the prospect of intimate social congress was on the table: Reader discretion advised.

7. A first kiss with someone you really shouldn’t have been kissing: Because you were in a relationship with another.

8. A first kiss with someone you would marry: Maybe it just sort of happened and now mostly escapes memory. Or maybe you remember the date and time, what you were wearing, the weather conditions, what music was playing, what he/she smelled like and exactly how his/her lips felt.

Today’s Slice question: In what situation would people being able to read your mind cause the most awkwardness?

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