Bobby Darin

My First Girlfriend

This article appeared in the June 1959 issue of
TV World Magazine.

I met the girl of my dreams when I was still a teenager.

A picture of her is still in my mind. She had eyes as blue as the sea and soft blonde hair. And her figure ... well, it was like Esther Williams. She had a personality to match her looks and I was proud that she had chosen me, a kid from the slums, as her steady.

Yes, I was really carried away. I thought I had really found love, but I was very young and not too wise. For a few months, I was in heaven. Whatever we did together was fun, whether it was just sitting down and talking over a cup of coffee or taking in an early movie.

But the whole thing was wrong from the start and I'm glad I was able to get out when I did. Of course, I did learn something from my relationship with "Miss X."

I learned a lot about people from her, including many things I might never have even guessed by myself.

She was a very intelligent girl, and our talks together did something for me.

I never gave a thought to what I would do after school. Any reference to a future career was just something in the far off future to me. But she was clever enough to realize that the time to prepare for a future career is not when you're 17 or 18, but when you're still in school.

We had a lot of talks about the future, and I gradually began to look at things from her point of view. I realized that I wanted to be somebody and do something important.

I think that through her, I grew up a lot faster than most teenagers. Because of the terrible hurt I suffered, I began to look for different qualities in girls. I began to realize that there are many things more important than looks and that there are certain qualities that must be present in any lasting relationship.

My first love so early in life. I know now how important it is to be honest with each other. Now when I date a girl, I look for sincerity and understanding ... and "heart." That's an important word ... "heart."

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