Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Walk On By by Marquita Acron

What I remember most about him were the sweet murmurs of love he would whisper in my ear while we sat and held hands in the park. Also, the way his eyes changed colors with the passing of the seasons. He told me they changed for me, to reflect how his love was growing inside of him with the passage of time.

Sweet Rafael. He was my first love, my first heartache, my first everything. He was older and more mature, while I was still a kid in school. All this happened at the tender age of 16, when I should have been focused on more important things than romance and men. But you can't tell a teenager anything.

We met through my younger cousin, who met him in reform school. My cousin gave him my address to write to and, of course, being young and silly, I wrote back. It was more of a jailhouse-rock pen-pal type of love from the beginning. When he got out, we met and began dating, moving our relationship forward faster than it should've gone. Our relationship had its ups and downs, but I thought our requited love would make it all work out in the end. We were going to get married, have children, and grow old together.

But was I wrong. I should've known nothing good could come out of dating a man I met while he was in "kiddie jail." One day after school I saw him in the usual spot, waiting for me. Or so I thought. When I walked up to him with a smile on my face, he looked at me with annoyance. He was waiting for a friend and had other things to do, so he said. This struck me as weird, so I said, "Okay," and walked away.

But, unbeknownst to him, I waited around the corner to see what he was up to. And then he came, with another girl at his side. I was shocked! Where did our love go? I jumped from behind the wall where I was hiding and approached him with fire in my eyes. "Who is this? What are you doing with her?" I shouted at the top of my lungs.

This is where it got ugly, and my heart was broken beyond repair. He looked at me and turned to the new girl and said he didn't even know me. He told her to my face that I was lying and was only a minor associate that he had never dated but was truly obsessed with him. The tears started to flow from my eyes, the curses flew from my mouth, but nothing would budge him from saying that he did not know me.

Finally, I composed myself and walked away, after one final curse, never to see or hear from my first love again. My heart lay broken in a million pieces from this breakup, so long ago, but now I look back and laugh at it. Oh, well. We live and learn, correct?

Tell us the story of your breakup and/or date from hell and we will publish it and pay you ($100 for 500-2000 words).

E-mail story to
[email protected]
Or mail to:
San Diego Reader/Dumped
Box 85803
San Diego, CA 92186

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Luna Bay Booch's San Diego origin story

Woman owned hard kombucha brand brewed elsewhere, now sold locally

What I remember most about him were the sweet murmurs of love he would whisper in my ear while we sat and held hands in the park. Also, the way his eyes changed colors with the passing of the seasons. He told me they changed for me, to reflect how his love was growing inside of him with the passage of time.

Sweet Rafael. He was my first love, my first heartache, my first everything. He was older and more mature, while I was still a kid in school. All this happened at the tender age of 16, when I should have been focused on more important things than romance and men. But you can't tell a teenager anything.

We met through my younger cousin, who met him in reform school. My cousin gave him my address to write to and, of course, being young and silly, I wrote back. It was more of a jailhouse-rock pen-pal type of love from the beginning. When he got out, we met and began dating, moving our relationship forward faster than it should've gone. Our relationship had its ups and downs, but I thought our requited love would make it all work out in the end. We were going to get married, have children, and grow old together.

But was I wrong. I should've known nothing good could come out of dating a man I met while he was in "kiddie jail." One day after school I saw him in the usual spot, waiting for me. Or so I thought. When I walked up to him with a smile on my face, he looked at me with annoyance. He was waiting for a friend and had other things to do, so he said. This struck me as weird, so I said, "Okay," and walked away.

But, unbeknownst to him, I waited around the corner to see what he was up to. And then he came, with another girl at his side. I was shocked! Where did our love go? I jumped from behind the wall where I was hiding and approached him with fire in my eyes. "Who is this? What are you doing with her?" I shouted at the top of my lungs.

This is where it got ugly, and my heart was broken beyond repair. He looked at me and turned to the new girl and said he didn't even know me. He told her to my face that I was lying and was only a minor associate that he had never dated but was truly obsessed with him. The tears started to flow from my eyes, the curses flew from my mouth, but nothing would budge him from saying that he did not know me.

Finally, I composed myself and walked away, after one final curse, never to see or hear from my first love again. My heart lay broken in a million pieces from this breakup, so long ago, but now I look back and laugh at it. Oh, well. We live and learn, correct?

Tell us the story of your breakup and/or date from hell and we will publish it and pay you ($100 for 500-2000 words).

E-mail story to
[email protected]
Or mail to:
San Diego Reader/Dumped
Box 85803
San Diego, CA 92186

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Unemployment leads to Ocean Beach baking

The bread man
Next Article

Oceanside – eclecticism reigns

Oceanside Blvd. beach rip-rap, Fire Mountain incursion, airport death, growing up in Camp Pendleton housing, Oceanside Pier, Samoan gangs, Saint Malo, harbor vs. surfers
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close