Jaunty Post

This past weekend, we took the kids to see Rise of the Guardians. It’s fun movie. Not really a Christmas movie, more of a mash up for holiday characters–Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Toothfairy–all working together as the guardians of childhood innocence. The story involves them recruiting a new guardian–Jack Frost. His main issue in the movie is that most kids don’t believe in Jack Frost or even know who he is anymore, so no one can see him. In fact, it’s been several hundred years since anyone saw him and he’s pretty damn lonely. “No one cares about Jack Frost!” was one of the lines earlier on in the movie.

I nearly jumped out of my seat yelling and waving, “I do! I love Jack Frost!”

See I remember Jack Frost from the 1979 TV special. Anyone else remember it? It was sort of a reverse little mermaid story. In it,  a lovely young woman in a village in Russia makes the comment one crisp fall day that she loves Jack Frost. He takes her at her word and becomes human so he can be with her, only to find out she really loves her childhood sweetheart. In the end, he helps the childhood sweetheart win the girl and he goes back to being the impish Jack Frost. It is charming and romantic, and more than a little sad. I was always heart broken when she picked her human love over Jack. I felt like if she had known, really understood what he’d given up to be with her, she would have had the good sense to love him.

I realize now that Jack was my first crush. One of the first boys I fell in love with. (Along with Peter from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. And then later Prince Caspian.)

It’s funny how those early crushes affect the kinds of characters we love later on. I like my heroes to be charming swashbucklers. But all the light and humor hides an inner darkness. A loss. A fear that he will always be an outsider, as well as a desire to protect the women he loves, no matter what the cost.

So who was your first childhood crush?


8 thoughts on “My first crush

  1. Shana Shana says:

    Shawn Cassidy, of course! You are so sweet, Emily, to crush on Jack Frost. I remember I always thought Kris Kringle from Santa Clause is Coming to Town was cute.

    1. EmilyMcKay says:

      Shana, not long after the Geek and I started dating, he grew a beard for the first time and I swear he looked just like Kris Kringle! That pretty much sealed the deal for me. I mean, who wouldn’t want to grow up to be Mrs. Claus?

  2. governess4hire says:

    Brad Pitt. Oh mercy, me. He’s still one of the most beautiful men to look at (in my humble opinion). I could watch TROY all day long and never tire of his eyes or full lips.

    1. EmilyMcKay says:

      Oh, yes, Brad PItt is gorgeous! As my friend Shellee says, sometimes, the Gods walk among us. 🙂

  3. Courtney Aurelle says:

    Bruce Springsteen! I’m not ashamed to admit remembering kissing his butt on the cover of his Born in the U.S.A. album. I also crushed pretty hard (and still do) over Tom Hanks in Splash.

    Okay, I’m so glad that I’ve never seen that Jack Frost show. That would’ve totally broken my little kid heart (adult one too). Lately, in things I’ve read and seen Jack Frost is always portrayed as a villain so I’m so curious about Rise of the Guardians.

  4. EmilyMcKay says:

    Oh, Courtney, you are not the only girl in America who kissed that butt. I guarantee that!
    But you should watch Jack Frost. I think when I watched it as an adult, it wasn’t all that sad. I think I added a lot to the story in my mind.

  5. catslady says:

    Actually it was Yul Brynner – loved his accent. And then Elvis lol. I think Little Joe was in there too haha.

  6. Sandi in OH says:

    James Garner when he was playing Maverick. I have always thought that he is wonderful.

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