This month's NaBloPoMo theme is "love and sex", centered on Valentine's Day, no doubt. So I've blogged on a couple of the prompts dealing with "firsts" - first crush, first love... without going into a great amount of detail.
I do like to keep things pretty lighthearted around here, but I want to acknowledge that real crushes and real first loves can be quite intense, dramatic, and often dangerous. The teenage years are volatile ones when level-headedness, foresight, and maturity aren't always on par with physical development!
Speaking from my own experiences as well as those of friends and acquaintances, I just want to caution against taking teenage romance too lightly. Those relationships shouldn't be lumped in the same bucket as the little pretend romances we have as young children. From an article in Psychology Today:
"Adults who underestimate the strength of the bond-- or the impact of the loss -- of a first love may have forgotten what a blow it was when they lost their own first loves. They may even try to comfort teenagers with lighthearted lessons: a surprising number of men and women wrote to me to bitterly complain about parents who joked years ago, "Don't worry! Boyfriends/girlfriends are like buses... a new one comes along every ten minutes!" This was not helpful, and it was not funny. The loss of a first love can be so crushing to some teenagers that they become suicidal."
Sad but true. And that's all I want to say about that.
Thus endeth today's Public Service Announcement.