Yesterday I was driving around Cleveland in the Sunshine State and listening to some great tracks from the 90s.
And it got me thinking about all the great TV shows and movies of my childhood they featured in.
Then this got me thinking about all the leading men I worshipped at these times and how my idea of the ideal man has changed over the years.
So here is a look back at all the men I have crushed on during my awkward years as a tween, a teen and everything in between.
Let’s start with my pre-tween years. During this time I listened to a lot of pop music in the vein of the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, *NSYNC and Blue (they came bit later but still a band I would lump into this era of heart throbs).
My main obsessions during this time were the enigmatic Carter brothers – Aaron and Nick. I loved them because they were super cute. That’s the only reason why…AND they were pop stars. Can you blame me?
Then when I arrived at my tween years and their careers came to a screeching halt, I started watching Lizzie McGuire. And old, reliable Gordo was the type of guy I wanted hanging around. He was smart, geeky and loyal…everything I thought a man should be and still do.
And in the end (The Lizzie McGuire Movie) he FINALLY gets the girl.
But for a majority of my teen years I sought the knowledge of a woman who probably knew more about what other women wanted than what she wanted herself. Though she never married I think Jane Austen knew the kind of men she wanted and she developed each hero to her own tastes and preferences at the time.
Throughout my teen years each Austen hero was my flavour of the week.The two who vied for my attention the most were Captain Wentworth and my absolute favourite Henry Tilney.
When it comes to men of fiction these are the two heroes I have adored for as long as I can remember.
I love Captain Wentworth for his constancy, his firmness of mind because he knew what he wanted even when Anne Elliot did not and his way with words. His letter in Persuasion made my heart stop.
As for Henry Tilney I love him for his wittiness, his playfulness and his all ’round sweetness. It was an ultimate squee moment when he came to visit Catherine Morland, after she was chucked out of Northanger Abbey by his father, to declare his love for her.
And during these last few years there’s been one man who’s captured my particular attention (other than my loving partner, of course). I’m sure there’s plenty of women out there who would agree with my choice.
Let me know what your childhood crushes were down below. It would be great to hear from you!