I like boys

The other day I was talking with one of the mother’s at the hockey rink while my son had practice.
So we’re chitchatting along, and we started talking about my childhood, all the places I’ve lived, and essentially why I moved around so much.
I explained that my father had been in the military.

“Well, ok, that explains why you moved around as a child, but why did you move from Vancouver to Winnipeg?” she asked.
“I met a boy so I moved there,” I said.

She kind of lets out this “Oh!” of shock.
Whatever, right.
Maybe it wasn’t an “Oh!” of shock.
Maybe she had just remembered that she forgot to tape “Dancing with the Stars.”

“So you’ve lived in Winnipeg since you were 20?” she asks.
“God no!”
“No? Where else have you lived?”
“I moved to Montreal when I was 23,” I said.
“Because I followed a boy,” I said.
“Oh!” she replied. Again with the shock.

Now this is getting fun though.
This is the part where I should be a respectable married lady and steer the conversation somewhere else. Clearly something about my answers is at once interesting yet scandalous.
And unfortunately, scandal is something I love more than my reputation my dignity my self-respect sitting around talking about the weather.

“So you married this boy in Montreal?” she asks.
“God no!”
“Why? What happened?”
“I met another boy.”
“Another boy?”
“Yes, I met another boy. But he lived in Ottawa,” I said.
“So you…”
“Yes, I followed him there.”
“Oh!” Definitely shocked.

What was so shocking, though?
I don’t get it.
I was in my 20s. I was single… well, most of the time.
It’s not like I married the guys then divorced them. I’ve only done that once.
I’m proud to report that I’ve only had two husbands, and I have no current plans to follow anymore boys.

It’s not like the boys piggy-backed me and my belongings from one town to the next.
I drove.
So what was her problem?

Maybe I’m misinterpreted her “Oh!”
Maybe her reaction wasn’t shock at all.
Maybe it was just concern for my husband Wayne.
Maybe she’s worried I’ll follow another boy.

Well, she has nothing to worry about.
I’ve already told Wayne that at this point of my life, the only boy I would follow is Edward Cullen.

This doesn’t seem to be making him insecure.
So ok. We’re all good.

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91 Responses to I like boys
  1. twelvedaysold
    October 14, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    Edward's a heart-breaker!

  2. Doc
    October 14, 2010 | 1:53 pm

    Boys will do that to you!

  3. gopopgo
    October 14, 2010 | 1:57 pm

    I'm no Edward Cullen. I'm not even on par w/ your exes. No girl has ever left anything for me. Not even the lunch she was currently eating.

  4. Poppy
    October 14, 2010 | 1:58 pm

    You strike me as the type to start making shit up. This is where I would become a polygamist. I would have said I married them all and never bothered to get a divorce.

  5. Yandie, Goddess of Pickles.
    October 14, 2010 | 2:01 pm

    Boys=travel.. so they're good for something I suppose :-P

    Sounds like a fun coversation :-)

  6. Another Day of Crazy
    October 14, 2010 | 2:04 pm

    If you asked any women why she did most anything, I think 'boys' would figure somewhere in that answer 90% of the time, lol.

    Isn't nice you still have the ability to shock? Means you're not boring!

  7. Hazel
    October 14, 2010 | 2:04 pm

    Haha Team Edward all the way! :)

    Hazel xxx

  8. Linda Medrano
    October 14, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    Because I lived in San Francisco, boys usually followed me. Now, what made me max out my credit cards? Boys. I didn't buy things for them, I bought things for me to make me cuter for them. Boys is a damn good reason in my book!

  9. Constar
    October 14, 2010 | 2:22 pm

    AHAHA! awesome! honestly all that moving around makes me jelous i wish i could just move around like that, mind you im 23 now so im sure ill have the oppurtunity, inleast your living an interesting life, shes probably wishing she did something as adventurous (s/p?)

  10. robertga99
    October 14, 2010 | 2:22 pm

    I like boys too and I would probably follow a few. :) '

  11. Constar
    October 14, 2010 | 2:23 pm

    AHAHA! awesome! honestly all that moving around makes me jelous i wish i could just move around like that, mind you im 23 now so im sure ill have the oppurtunity, inleast your living an interesting life, shes probably wishing she did something as adventurous (s/p?)

  12. Holly Ruggiero
    October 14, 2010 | 2:31 pm


  13. Bouncin' Barb
    October 14, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    No wonder we like each other, haha. Let her read my Bouncin Thru Life blog and see how many Oh's she says. People like that crack me up. They are too small minded to even dream about being adventurous like us!!


  14. Juniper
    October 14, 2010 | 2:37 pm

    I never followed a boy, but a boy followed me :-) Married 21 years…

  15. Portia
    October 14, 2010 | 2:40 pm

    I can't believe that someone would be surprised by a young woman moving around and having different boyfriends. Weird. I met my husband my first week of college and we married a few months after I graduated. (He graduated the year before) However we have moved around quite a bit together.

  16. female, I shit you not!
    October 14, 2010 | 2:40 pm

    You are probably too young to remember the song Where The Boys Are sung by Connie Francis.
    That's a compliment . :0)
    Luv it!
    Tried the Navy, the Army and lastly the AirForce and if there ever is a next time I'm giving it to a Marine.
    I'm Patriotic …that's my story & I'm sticking to it. ISYN !

  17. Kelley
    October 14, 2010 | 2:51 pm

    Maybe she just had gas? Wayne should feel very blessed that he is going to get you for the longest! I bet you keep him laughing. This post really made me want to visit Canada! I've heard of all of those places but could not draw a map to show you where they all are exactly. I'm waaaaay down here in Texas. I can tell you a little bit about Mexico!

  18. Katy
    October 14, 2010 | 3:01 pm

    I love shocking fellow parents with my stories, its awesome. I have found, more often than not, people expect your life story to mirror theirs, and when it doesn't, their head explodes.

    One would think that in the 21st centery little would shock people anymore.

  19. bonnie 'Marilyn' parker
    October 14, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    she was probably shocked because she probably lived a really boring life where she never took any chances and picked up her life to try something new. hahaha good for you, you lead an interesting life!

    its never bad to have several love interest as long as hopefully one day the person stops being a slag. waynes a lucky guy.
    but edward cullen? really? c'mon now.

  20. Deborah
    October 14, 2010 | 3:06 pm

    LOLing at Holly!

    I wish I HAD done stuff like that. I stalked, but never followed.


  21. Heather
    October 14, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    Maybe she just wasn't used to forthocomingness….. Yes. It is a word.

    I find it refreshing!

  22. The Adorkable Ditz
    October 14, 2010 | 3:25 pm

    I haven't lived long enough to start following boys around to the extent of moving to different cities and such. So far I'm hoping not to do that.


  23. Canadianbloggergirl
    October 14, 2010 | 4:03 pm

    Awesome, I tell my nieces all the time to travel….its almost mandatory in my opinion to travel before signing urself up for something permanent!


  24. Kimberly
    October 14, 2010 | 4:10 pm

    She totally thought you were a hussy…oh wait that's just me thinking out loud….kidding. I would have loved to move over like that and experience Canada and it's vastness…so I am jealous of you…not the part about you getting herpes from those boys…kidding

  25. Julie
    October 14, 2010 | 4:16 pm

    i wonder what she would say about the boy i met in india, travelled through indonesia with, went to australia to see, only to leave him for another boy.


  26. FeliciaE
    October 14, 2010 | 4:18 pm

    Following boys can be fun. I followed mine all the way to Arkansas, something I swore I would never do.

    Some people, …guess she never lived a little.

  27. Snuggle Wasteland
    October 14, 2010 | 4:20 pm

    Some people are too easily scandalized. Team Edward, ftw!

  28. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal
    October 14, 2010 | 4:23 pm

    Sounds like she was worried you'd follow her boy ;)

  29. Meathead
    October 14, 2010 | 4:55 pm

    I did the same thing! From the ages of 19-23 I followed one from BC to Alberta, followed another from Alberta to Manitoba, then yet another from Manitoba back to BC!
    Now I make them follow ME :P

  30. Mo 'Betta
    October 14, 2010 | 4:56 pm

    Google is pissin' me off – service unavailable when I tried to leave my comment. It doesn't like me.

    Anyway, I said that Kimberly (above – which is also my name) took my response! Minus the herpes part, which was pretty funny ;)

  31. Mamma has spoken
    October 14, 2010 | 6:03 pm

    Sounds like a good reason to move to me!

  32. Sparkling
    October 14, 2010 | 6:49 pm

    Gasp! OH! You.followed.boys.and.uprooted.your.life.to.find.happiness. OH the scandal.

  33. Bibliomama
    October 14, 2010 | 6:51 pm

    Julie, you slut! :) . Hey, what are you gonna follow if not the boys. The Grateful Dead? Some people are just waaaay too easy to shock. When we went to see The Full Monty on stage my friend was next to an elderly woman who kept going "oh! oh dear!" every time someone said fuck until my friend finally said "REALLY? It's STILL shocking you?" Then she stopped.

  34. A girl needs 2 Talk
    October 14, 2010 | 7:10 pm

    Oh!!!!! :D :D :D I love this post! I'm going to try answering people like that!

  35. ChiTown Girl
    October 14, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    I think that "oh"s were the result of jealous pangs she was feeling!

  36. Monkey Man
    October 14, 2010 | 7:30 pm

    Oh! I wouldn't hang around her anymore. Sounds like she has a stick up her arse. Probably wouldn't know the big O if it hit her between the eyes.

    Hey, you're only young once. See the world and do it with someone you care about. Sounds reasonable to me.

  37. Jessica
    October 14, 2010 | 7:35 pm

    You can't have Edward! He's mine! :-P

  38. viviene
    October 14, 2010 | 7:40 pm

    hahaha… i got hooked with your conversation. i felt like i was evesdropping you. =)
    hahaha.. love it!

  39. Shell
    October 14, 2010 | 7:54 pm

    I moved and followed a boy…but just once. Then I decided that all boys must revolve their lives around me instead. LMAO

  40. Tammy
    October 14, 2010 | 7:57 pm

    I see the upside, At least you had a plan! boy comes, you go! It's clean and simple. I like it. Tammy

  41. Julianna
    October 14, 2010 | 8:16 pm

    At least you traveled and lived (even if it was because of a boy). I did the reverse and missed out on traveling to Europe in college because of a boy. Only thing I've ever regretted. ;) -J

  42. Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds
    October 14, 2010 | 8:33 pm

    Good. That Edward Cullen has to move around pretty often.

  43. SkippyMom
    October 14, 2010 | 9:09 pm

    You know the most shocking thing about all of this? You're CANADIAN. ::eeeek::

    [So kidding - half my blog roll is Canadian :) ]

  44. Ameena
    October 14, 2010 | 10:51 pm

    I love shocking people!! If I'd ever met a boy worth following I would have done the same thing. Actually, I'm looking for a boy in NYC right now so I can move there and live large. I don't think my husband would mind!!

    In all seriousness, good for you for doing what you wanted!

  45. Mellisa Rock
    October 14, 2010 | 11:20 pm

    I don't know why she was so surprised – aren't most women boy crazy?

  46. Sherri
    October 14, 2010 | 11:21 pm

    What a crack up! I could totally hear the "oh!" every time…and see the expression on her face. WTH?? I love to hear stories about when people I've met in my mom life before I knew them. Yours is fun; her story must be a dud.

  47. Rayna M. Iyer
    October 15, 2010 | 1:47 am


  48. Sara Louise
    October 15, 2010 | 5:13 am

    Following boys around is an essential part of our 20s

  49. blueviolet
    October 15, 2010 | 8:13 am

    There's something about those boys…

  50. Crystal Jigsaw
    October 15, 2010 | 9:20 am

    Great post! I moved twice, following my first husband down south, then my second husband up north! I was brought up in between!

    And I'm as happy as a pig in mud. Too many judgemental people in this world!

    And thank you for your comment on my blog (and the follow). I have replied to your comment in my comments section – your question was really interesting.

    Best wishes, CJ xx

  51. LiLu
    October 15, 2010 | 9:40 am

    If there's nothing holding you back, I don't see the problem with it- it's just a new adventure :-)

  52. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    October 15, 2010 | 9:41 am

    I really don't see that as all that shocking either. I probably would have said some sarcastic comment to really get her blood boiling.

  53. McVal
    October 15, 2010 | 12:23 pm

    LOL! I told my husband that the only man I'd leave him for was John Cusack. The 80s John Cusack. And that ship has sailed…
    My hubby is safe.

  54. Pamela
    October 15, 2010 | 1:13 pm

    Come on – what IS the big deal? Who hasn't followed at least 1 boy? That's how I got the hell out of my small town in the Maritimes & got my ass to Toronto. Even though he dumped me the night before my flight was to leave. But that's a whole 'nother story!!

  55. AmyLK
    October 15, 2010 | 1:47 pm

    Pamela is right! What's the big deal? Cute story though

  56. Jersey Diva Mom
    October 15, 2010 | 3:57 pm

    Well she sure seems easily horrified. Either that or I have a high bar because I was waiting for racy, torrid scandal. You played the field~ albeit a geographically diverse one. Bah!
    BTW- Team Edward!

  57. Teisha
    October 15, 2010 | 4:08 pm

    My crush is that one hot dr. Avery on Grey's. Holy cow, I would follow him anywhere like a little puppy dog.

  58. Marsy
    October 15, 2010 | 5:07 pm

    ha ha great post! :)

  59. Jeannie
    October 15, 2010 | 5:07 pm

    I don't understand shock. I moved after a boy once and I'm still married to him.

    Thanks for coming by!

  60. ModernMom
    October 15, 2010 | 6:15 pm

    A girls gottat do what a girls gotta do!

  61. StephanieC
    October 15, 2010 | 7:41 pm

    Okay, okay, I totally know why she was all "OH!" on you (emphasis on capital 'H' courtesy of me).

    You were at a hockey rink.
    There were children there.
    They were playing and, at some point, undressing.

    And you called the guys you followed "BOYS". Maybe she thought you meant BOYS!


    Just kidding. But seriously, what's so "oh"-inducing about that?

    I'd have next busted out "and just GUESS how many guys I have slept with!"




  62. yogurt
    October 15, 2010 | 11:32 pm

    Does she have any daughters? Maybe the "oh" was her realizing one of hers could up and follow a boy. It is kind of scary (says this mom of two girls). Scary in a "I'll miss my babies" kinda way.

  63. yogurt
    October 15, 2010 | 11:33 pm

    p.s. I moved to Texas to follow a boy and ended up getting a PhD out of the deal. So, some bad, some good.

  64. K(Banterings of a Basketcase)
    October 15, 2010 | 11:36 pm

    go girl! I wear my scandals proudly! and they do so involve boys!

  65. Fred Miller
    October 15, 2010 | 11:56 pm

    You honored me by checking out my site. I'm subscribing. Edward Cullen. I wouldn't have sex with him, but I'd let Tessa have him. Once. Maybe twice. Or as often as she wanted.

  66. Woman In The Midst: Raw
    October 16, 2010 | 4:35 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I love it! :) I'd of kept adding boys til she fainted! :) This is hysterical..
    HOWEVER.. I must disagree with the whole Edward thing.. No way I'd follow him but Jacob.. Hhhmm.. I'd def. follow that boy and I know I'm old enough to be his mother but guess what? I'm NOT his mother but I thank her for her high quality boy toy production service! :)

  67. Holly
    October 16, 2010 | 5:05 am

    Maybe her "OH" was dismay in herself for not letting loose JUST a LITTLE once in a while… ;D
    "OH!! I wish I'd followed…." BAHAHA!! Her loss! ;p

  68. Michaela
    October 16, 2010 | 6:08 am

    Hello Funny Lady, thanks for coming by my Blog. Nuthin' wrong with following a boy. If I were living in Canada, I'd wanna see all of it, too! xxxoooo

  69. sogeorgia
    October 16, 2010 | 9:48 am

    Hilarious story. My husband knows I'd leave him for Edward, too! Thanks for following my blog, btw. Have a super weekend.

  70. Just Plain Tired
    October 16, 2010 | 10:11 am

    Oh! And my, for good measure! I've never followed a boy, but would definitely consider following the right girl/woman… at least if she knew where the nearest bathroom was when needed. ;)

  71. becca
    October 16, 2010 | 11:13 am
  72. The Chicken's Consigliere
    October 16, 2010 | 1:23 pm

    I like boys to, AN. We could have traded boy following stories and I never once would say, "oh". Wow, maybe. but not Oh.

  73. Raven
    October 16, 2010 | 1:28 pm

    I love those shocked reactions too. My favorite was when I told the cashier at the grocery store that I was a Witch cuz he insulted Harry Potter. It was priceless!

  74. April K.
    October 16, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    Amazingly, my husband has the same reaction to the whole "Edward Cullen" scenario…ah well. :)

  75. Madame DeFarge
    October 16, 2010 | 3:47 pm

    As long as you weren't stalking them, what's the big problem? Or maybe you were a debt collector? Was that the real reason?

  76. From Tracie
    October 16, 2010 | 4:15 pm

    Your twenties are a good time to move around and experience life…to not get tied down to folks who aren't soul mates and won't stay in your life forever. There isn't much shocking about that to me.

    Of course, I got married at 19 and went the total different directions…still, I'm not shocked at you =)

  77. MommaKiss
    October 16, 2010 | 8:35 pm

    I have followed boys. And girls. Makes the story of me interesting…

  78. Noelle
    October 17, 2010 | 2:06 am

    77 comments??? Can u tutor me in the art of blogging? You would follow Edward Cullen? I might maybe follow Jacob only because I would have a better chance of staying warm. (I am freezing at the moment.)

  79. Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do
    October 17, 2010 | 8:05 am

    She's just jealous her life has been predictable and boring!

  80. Busy Bee Suz
    October 17, 2010 | 10:39 am

    *Sigh* Edward..
    I think a lot of us would follow him…cute post!

  81. Catherine
    October 17, 2010 | 6:56 pm

    Doesn't that lady know that boys have magnets in them? I have done the same thing on many occasions. Good post!

  82. Busy Working Mama
    October 17, 2010 | 8:45 pm

    Glad Wayne's OK with that:) I followed my boy from Chicago to Atlanta…10 years ago :)

    Is it almost Monday?!?! Nooo…

  83. MamaOnDaGo
    October 17, 2010 | 10:13 pm

    Funny you should mention Edward, I'm wearing my Forks, WA shirt today. It's actually raining in Southern California.

  84. Danielle
    October 18, 2010 | 10:25 am

    Oh! This explains why I like you so much! LOL

  85. SoccerMom
    October 18, 2010 | 11:51 am

    Just an FYI, I have had to shut down my blog for a short time, due to threats and harassment. Might even have to start up a new one. ; (
    So don’t forget me.

  86. Tina
    October 18, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    I hate when I can hear the judgment in someone's voice. But it's kind of funny when you can hear it in a two-letter, one-syllable word like, "OH." Sheesh. But I think we're on the same page where Edward is concerned…my Hubs knows I'd only leave him for Edward. ;)

  87. Kelley
    October 18, 2010 | 1:18 pm

    I already commented on this post but I am back again to let you know that I left you an award on my blog. You are probably above that sort of thing, you narcisstic lady you, but I wanted to pass the word around about your blog anyway. It's not like you need the help, though!

    Your 86th commenter

  88. Carmi
    October 18, 2010 | 2:31 pm

    You have a delightful way of pulling the strings and bringing little sparks of life to the lives of others. Coolness.

  89. CkretsGalore
    October 19, 2010 | 6:47 pm

    Love this post.
    Not that I can relate or anything…..

  90. The Gearheads
    October 20, 2010 | 12:37 am

    I gotta say, you had me laughing out loud on this one. Too funny.
    I can really imagine her shock, the people in my community are very naive, though they will never admit it, and would find that shocking.
    What, you didn't marry them?
    Of course this is the community that wishes their daughters to go to Brigham Young University where their motto (should be) "Ring by spring or your money back".
    I am glad to see that you enjoyed your youth instead of wasting it trying to see how fast you can get married.

  91. Myya
    October 21, 2010 | 2:14 pm

    I love it when people get all judgemental at comments that are made. Who made them the jury??? Good for you for playing along & making her gasp a little extra :)

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