Songwriter Weird Al Yankovic recently shared the story about his high school crush and how he tried to tell her he liked her; it is incredibly sweet!
United States of America (23 December 2020) – If you grew up in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s you would know all about Weird Al Yankovic’s spoof songs. Classics like “Eat It”, “Like a Surgeon” and “White & Nerdy” are still deeply embedded in my brain all these years later.
Weird Al Yankovic is one weird dude, and he has been that way since he was a little boy. His painful awkwardness has led to a delightful and timeless story about his high school crush.
Weird Al shared the story hoping that it would bring joy to people during a really tough year. The story has had the desired effect, and the world can’t get enough of how heartwarming the story is.
“I was 12 years old in the 9th grade – younger than my classmates, and (as you may possibly be able to imagine) pretty awkward, shy and nerdy. And I had a crush on Patrice Y., the girl who sat directly in front of me in math class (because the seats were all arranged in alphabetical order for some arbitrary reason). Of course, Patrice would never in a million years have suspected that I had a crush on her, because like I explained… painfully shy.
But one day I decided I would make my big move – I decided to draw a picture of her and present her with it. But because I didn’t want to give her the impression that I LIKED her or anything, I also drew pictures of EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE CLASS and handed those out as well, just to throw her off the scent. (Full disclosure, I tried to make Patrice’s picture a little bit better than everyone else’s, just to be subtle about my feelings.)
Anyway, everybody seemed to like their drawings, and, as you may have predicted, my love life remained completely dormant for the next several years.
Okay, fast forward nearly half a century later… I’m checking my Twitter feed, and I see some woman on there talking about how she used to sit in front of me during 9th-grade math class. Being slightly less shy at my current advanced age, I decided to follow up on this: I DM’ed her and asked if, by any chance, her name was Patrice. Turns out, it was. It was her – my 9th-grade crush.
I then followed up and asked, “Hey, by any chance, do you happen to remember that one time I drew pictures of everybody in class?” A minute later she sent me this photo. She had saved it all these years. I just felt like telling this story because, well… 2020 was arguably a pretty sucky year overall, but there were some real moments of joy sprinkled in here and there – and for me, this was definitely one of them.”
He even shared the picture he drew.