Monday, May 14, 2012

First Loves Blogfest

Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for yet another fun event! The first loves blog fest celebrates the loves that started it all:  first movie, first song/band, first book, and first person.

First movie
Remember the days when movies were special treats, something you waited and waited for to appear on TV? You had to make sure you watched at a certain time on the scheduled night because there were no recorders, no DVDs, in fact not many conveniences of any kind. (And if you don't relate to this, you're too young!)

When I was a kid, we had three channels, and every year, I waited for this movie to be aired. It has so many great elements - fantasy, an evil witch, a bumbling wanna-be wizard, a spunky heroine. So many characters to root for. Even the Wiz. How many times have you repeated the line, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"?

First song/band
Too easy. The Beatles. I was six years old, and my brothers and sisters, all older than me, could talk about nothing else but them. The night they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show changed my life. I became a rabid fan even at that young age, and from then on, I couldn't get enough of their lyrics, their songs, their movies, their pictures.

First book
Aside from The Velveteen Rabbit? :) I loved Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft and others, but when I read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings, I loved everything about it - the characters, the world Tolkien created, the magic and fantasy and heroism. I was so relieved when the movies didn't trivilialize the books, but brought them to vivid life.

First love
I had a few crushes in my young life, but when I met my hubby, that was it. He was first, last and forever. I was nineteen when I married him after dating for six months, and we're still hanging in there. That's us back in 1977, when he dropped me off at my surprise wedding shower. (No laughing!)

And this is us a year and a half ago, finally celebrating our 33rd anniversary (a few years late) by sailing off into the sunset on a cruise ship.

Thanks for visiting! Don't forget to visit other blogs participating in the First Loves Blog Fest!


Marta Szemik said...

I remember the days of 2 channels and most of the day it was a grey screen so I can relate:)
The Hobbit was my first book I fell in love with for the same reasons you did.
33 years of marriage! Wow! Congratulations <3

Cate Masters said...

Yay, someone who remembers the olden days. :)
Coming up on 35 this year now, Marta! Thanks.

Miranda Hardy said...

I can't wait for the Hobbit movie to come out. Great firsts!

LD Masterson said...

I'm there. Three channels. Maybe four if there was an independant channel in the area (reruns, old movies, and poor reception). And the Fall Preview issue of the TV Guide always announced what recent - in years not weeks - movies would be shown that season.

I watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, too. Love at first sight.

Cate Masters said...

That's right, I forgot The HObbit's coming out this year. I hope it's as good as the others.

Glad to know you are another early Beatlemaniac, Linda. :)

Danielle B. said...

Great firsts! Love LOTR!

HWR Curator said...

Hobbit Yes!

We all love something...right!
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Paula Martin said...

Must confess I always found Tolkien too weird for my taste, but I did love the Wizard of Oz! Congrats on your 33+ years of marriage!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on thirty-three years! You look too young to have been married that long. And yes, I remember the days of only four channels and no way to record anything.
Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

Timothy Brannan said...

Excellent choices!

I love the LotR books AND the movies both. Of course you can never go wrong with Beatles.

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

Every year I waited for The Wizard of Oz to come on TV.

Not my first pick for books, but I do love HP Lovecraft. He is the true master of horror.

Andrea Teagan said...

Loved your first loves post! I was actually a munchkin in my middle school's play of The Wizard of Oz. Hehe. Also, looking forward to the Hobbit. 33 years.. congrats!


Cate Masters said...

Lots of Hobbit/LOTR fans, yay! And thanks for the congrats.

Jackie said...

Great choices! We called our 5 channels the "farmer five."
What a nice tribute to your hubby!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We had ONE channel but it was the one with Ed Sullivan on and I remember my dad being so angry they showed those Beatles. My sisters and I were thrilled.
Great true love story.

JeffO said...

Great post, Cate. Nice to meet you through this blog fest, and thank you for sharing. We had, I think, six channels (and one PBS, which we never counted as kids). And then we got cable. I think we were better off with just six (and PBS).

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your love! 33 years and counting - forever!
I enjoyed your love story :)

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SafeLibraries said...

You look like you haven't aged a day! <3<3 years!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Cute pictures!

I remember when we had to wait forever for the movie. I also remember Wonderful World of Disney Sundays and the annual Wizard of Oz. I'm sad they don't do that anymore.

My First Loves Post