Young love. Erotic fan fiction. Secrets spilled or slipped. In this episode, Fonzo and Aleeza get crushed by crushes. David Lepelstat tells us about his first kiss, and Sasha Im’s mom reads her diary. Plus, relationship talk—including an awkward reveal from our co-hosts.
For kids and teens, experiencing a first crush feels like a taste of grown-up life—nursing those burgeoning feelings for a friend or TV character makes you feel older and more sophisticated, able to imagine what your life might look like beyond its current iteration with school bells and curfews.
For adults, it’s the opposite—a ticket to travel back in time to your youth, when just the thought or sight of this person made your stomach drop and your grasp of language falter. It’s awkward, it’s humbling, and it’s delicious: What other feelings can break your grown-up brain out of the monotony of meal planning and work meetings?
So when The Moth set out to launch their new podcast, Grown, all about the challenges and joys of growing up, it was only natural for hosts Aleeza Kazmi and Fonzo Lacayo to focus the premiere episode on that magical, formative breed of infatuation.
To celebrate the launch, we brought together some of the internet’s best stories about the crushes that defined us, as well as how those feelings can influence our lives from the inside out.
Are your palms sweating? Let’s get started.
Crushes can get stronger as we age, “because your needs are greater.”
From Sailor Mars to Catwoman.
Long live the merman crush.
If love is an addiction, your first love is the first dose.
“I knew my admission meant something, and there would be no going back.”
Being open about harmless outside attractions is a potentially hot way to feel closer to each other.
A shaggy Texan, a firebreathing dancer, Liz Taylor … stars relive their first loves – and the tunes that bring them back.