Still Crazy After All These Years?

A ring around your finger
should halt
The longing…
(or is it yearning?)

But a smile across the room,
A hug
(for a second too long)
Where you breathe in the faintest whiff of sandalwood

And suddenly
You’re sixteen all over again.

My answer to the ultimate question this week.

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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. :) still crazy ’bout mine after 16 years, so i LOVE this.
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  2. Ah.. What a wonderful feeling – love that you used the smell to connect to being 16

  3. The thrill of teenage love a second time around is very sweet.
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  4. Oh the sweetness of this was like a romance novel in 42 words. Beautifully done!
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  5. Oh, I loved this!
    So much. Like a virtual tickle and a knowing nod from my corner of the world.
    I loved that I started the morning with this read.
    Thank you :-)
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  6. There is something magical about that feeling and you’ve captured it so very well in this piece. Lovely!

  7. Sigh, the heady feeling of love. After 13 years, I still feel it. Love this!
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  8. I love this! :-)
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  9. It’s funny to me that everyone is saying how sweet this is. Maybe I’m cynical today, but I thought he or she was having an affair!
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  10. The bittersweet love that strikes again and again making our hearts bleed and heal. Very well described Kir! Beautiful 42!
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  11. You did this so well, Kir! I immediately recognized all the feelings, all the little flags that can catch this character’s attention. It was subtle, but recognizable all the same. I think it is yearning, rather than longing, for example, and the hug that’s a second too long was a perfect a description!

  12. Sixteen – oh, yes. Never very far away. When you’re hooked, you’re hooked!
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  13. I read this as lead astray as well. The hug that is a second too long was the giveaway! You connect the image and the smelllllll of a special time in our lives so perfectly. Wishing we could bottle it for use different times. The yearning! We only get one chance at sixteen, but you brought us back for a moment!
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  14. Totally sweet!! I can feel that longing…
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  15. Yes! Oh how it takes only an instant to bring the memories flooding back! Love this.

  16. sweet and romantic.
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  17. I’m so so lucky to finally know what that feels like this late in the game. Great job!
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  18. So sweet, Kir! I absolutely love how little things can take us back and start that heart fluttering again.
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