I’m a 27 year old resident of Brooklyn,NY and I am a late bloomer. This city is home to every scene, subculture, fetish, etc, but my biggest discovery living here the last six years has been BOYS. Yeah, I know, I know…I’ve seen boys everyday of my life since birth, but this…this is different. Have a seat, this may take a while.
Your average, well adjusted big city girl usually gets bit by the boy bug in middle school and by freshman year of high school she’s a goner. I somehow managed to miss that entire wave. Most of my friends were dating by 7th grade and sexing soon after. I just wasn’t interested. I had a ton of male friends and that was enough for me. I also had a pretty busy schedule between school, dance, and community service, so I didn’t have time for the life consuming boolationships my friends found themselves in. Also, once you’re labeled “the homie” by one boy, consider any chance for some teen lovin’ done-zo.
This followed me to college where I amassed even more male friends and an even bigger rep as the “Philly homie”. That all changed my junior year when a friend of a friend started hitting me up to hang out one-on-one. A few months later, the unreachable star was finally in my hands, I had become a girlfriend! ::explosions of confetti and glitter:: Our almost three year relationship ended after my first few months in NYC. Obviously devastated and with the strenuous job of finding my footing in this town, boys were the last thing on my mind. That was in 2008.
I spent the next to years partying my life away until the summer of 2010 when everything changed. I walked outside one day and every man I saw was absurdly attractive. I morphed into some horny, acne-riddled teen boy salivating over everything that passed me. Were boys always this striking? Whoa! Do I have a “type” now?? That summer was really the summer of love. I was meeting a boatload of boys and making out like crazy. THIS was the birth of my boy-crazy phase.
Cut to today. Facebook is basically a church bulletin full of engagement, wedding, and baby announcements. Is this what your late 20s are supposed to be about? I found out about boys two minutes ago and now Mark Zuckerberg is trying to tell me to attach myself to one…ONLY one. NOW?! Ahhhh! Settle down at 2frickin7?! I’m just arriving at the boy party and who the hell leaves a really good party early??
Recently, a friend decided to ditch the “homie” tag I had around my neck and my greatest fear began to reveal itself. Goodbye casual friendlationship, this dude wanted to make me his girlfriend. Of course I like him and would gladly birth him some babies, but am I ready to retire my jersey?
Ha! Let’s be serious, of course I am! This kid rides a bike and listens to Little Dragon. Isn’t that all any self-respecting alt-Black girl wants?
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