Ah, young romance! The springtime of life, when our fullest fancies first turn to thoughts of love (to paraphrase Alfred, Lord Tennyson). September 18 is National First Love Day, and we welcome the holiday with open arms — much like we welcomed our first boyfriend or girlfriend.
Do you remember your first love? Most people do, even if — or perhaps especially if — that love was unrequited, and the memory carries with it a sort of sweet melancholy. National First Love Day is a time to celebrate the youthful vigor and boundless energy that carried us through our early romances, setting the stage for all that followed. Who was your first love? Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
National First Love Day - History
The official "first love" song
Barry White released his song "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart.
And they called it...
Singer Paul Anka had a hit with the song "Puppy Love," which he wrote for his girlfriend, Annette Funicello.
Freud psychoanalyzed first love
In "Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality," Sigmund Freud wrote about "the proverbial durability of first loves."
What's in a name?
William Shakespeare published "Romeo and Juliet," his play about a "pair of star-cross'd lovers."
Love is strong
Greek philosopher Empedocles argues that Earth's four elements (water, air, earth, fire) are acted upon by the powers of love and strife.
National First Love Day Activities
1. Take your significant other on a date
Memories of young romance can fan the flames of desire for a current partner — especially if that current partner was and remains your first love!
2. Write a poem
Put your thoughts to paper and surprise your partner with an ode to show how much you love and cherish them.
3. Watch a romantic movie
For National First Love Day, maybe it should be a film about young love — "Sixteen Candles" perhaps!
5 Reasons Romance Rules
1. Romeo and Rosaline?
It's true! Romeo was actually in love with Rosaline, Juliet's cousin, whom we never actually see in the play.
2. You never forget your first vole
There are many monogamous species in nature, including the prairie vole, which is not only monogamous — but mates exclusively with the first female he ever mates with.
3. Two hearts beat as one
Research shows that couples who gaze into each other's eyes will have synchronized heart rates after three minutes.
4. Broken hearts are real
Emotional stress, including break-ups, can trigger stress cardiomyopathy, a sudden weakening of the muscular portion of the heart.
5. Nothing could keep them apart
Bob Humphries and Bernie Bluett were childhood sweethearts who lost touch during World War II. They reunited 70 years later.
Why We Love National First Love Day
A. It was the best of times...
A first love is a truly wonderful thing. It introduces us to the inspirations behind great art and opens our minds to possibilities of which we were only dimly aware.
B. It was the worst of times ...
Young love often ends in heartache, but this, too, is a blessing, since it teaches us how to continue to persevere even when things don't go our way.
C. Stories are for sharing
Few can resist the drama of a good "first love" story. We love to listen to people — especially older folks — talk about those who stole their hearts way back when.