First base panic
“We went under the bleachers at a popular park in Florida. I was in the seventh grade, circa 1987. I had no idea how to compose myself. I didn’t know I was supposed to close my eyes and I was insecure that my nose, pre-rhinoplasty, would get in the way (think Steve Martin’s character in Roxanne). I just opened my mouth, kept my eyes wide open and twirled my tongue around twice. I still remember the guy’s first and last name.” —Much Better Kisser Now, Coral Springs, Florida
Hrecheniuk Oleksii/Shutterstock “I met this cute boy in Hebrew school, and we went to see Bette Midler in Beaches. He did the arm-over-the-shoulder trick with a dramatic yawn and stretch. He leaned in for a very awkward, uncomfortable tongue touch. I sat in shock and guilt for the rest of the film. When my mom picked me up, I asked if we could stop at temple to throw away my sins.” —Kiss and Pray, Branchburg, New Jersey. No need to feel guilty, Kiss and Pray! Kissing actually makes you stronger!