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The Kiss

Kenny Stallard

     Changes began for many of us in 1950.  We became pre-teens and didnít know it.  I donít recall the term Ďpre-teení ever being used during this time period.  We continued our carefree visits on Saturday mornings to either the Popeye Club at the State Theater or the Buddy Club at the Center Theater.  We had a choice now.

     We slowly became aware that there was a significant difference between boys and girls, we just werenít sure what it was and what it meant.

     As was our usual practice, during the club meeting and the following movie programs we were in groups of anywhere from 3 to 4 to a dozen, boys and girls all mixed together, not worrying who we were setting by.

     I donít remember if it was at the Popeye Club or the Buddy Club, but it was during a movie no one seemed to be able to get into.  There were about a dozen of us in our group this day.  We began talking among ourselves in hushed tones, not wanting to make enough noise to have an usher call us down.  Some kids in the row in front of several of us turned around and sat on their knees so we could talk face to face.

     Occasionally we would check the action on the screen.  There was a serious love scene being played out.  We knew it was serious because the man took his hat off.  Suddenly there was a warm kiss.  We knew it was warm because the woman closed her eyes.  This is about as ďHotĒ as it got in those days and in the movies show at the clubs.

     Suddenly someone came up with the idea that we should try doing the kissing scene.  As far as I knew, none of us had ever really had a boy-girl kiss that was more than anything but a quick brushing of the lips to a cheek or forehead.  We sat there looking at each other in a strange quietness.  A few nervous giggles sounded lightly.  This was to be a lips to lips kiss.  Someone started it off, kissing whoever happened to be besides or across from them.  The girl across from me was a little blond from town.  Her name was Louise; but I donít remember her last name.  I leaned forward and she leaned over the back of the seat.  Our lips met.  That was all they just met.  They were together.  We held this pose for what seemed a long time but was probably only just seconds.  We had kissed.  Nothing like Rodinís The Kiss, but we had kissed.  A real boy-girl lips to lips kiss.  We had kissed.  No more going back to never having had a real kiss.  Our journey to really kissing had begun.  We would never look back, wishing it had never happened.  We were like the leading men and ladies in the movies, or so we thought.

 

 

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