Michael J. Fox was my dream guy before I even knew what dream guys were. When I was little, I was obsessed with Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties. He was a jittery Republican who constantly ran his hands through his feathered hair and I was an awkward, chubby nine-year-old; clearly we were a match made in heaven.
For my birthday that year, I went to see Back to the Future at the movie theater. Watching him as Marty McFly was the hottest thing I’d ever seen in my life up to that point. Those tight jeans! Those suspenders! THOSE PURPLE CALVIN KLEINS! I didn’t even know a guy’s underwear came in purple. Talk about a gamechanger. It was the first time a boy had made my heart flutter. I'm telling you, Marty McFly skateboarded his way straight into my young heart. I wondered what his neck smelled like and what it’d feel like to squeeze his thigh the way Lorraine did under her parents’ dining room table. I wanted him to gaze at me the way he gazed at the 4 x 4 truck at the end of the film. I wanted to know. I needed to know.
After I saw the movie, I plastered my walls with Michael J. Fox posters which I’d eagerly tear out of Teen Beat magazines. He was in stereo, smiling at me from all sides of my bedroom. A million Michael J. Foxes hovering like attentive, friendly boyfriends. Whip our your hankies because let's just say that it was a longshot to take our imaginary relationship to the next level. Unfortunately, I’d have to settle for a crush. Boohoo, I know.
I've already written about how I love dating shorter guys, and looking back, I can say that it all started with him. And, my adoration for him hasn't faded in the slightest. In fact, I still have a Michael J. Fox poster on the back of my bedroom door. Whenever I move to a new place, it's the first thing I post up in my new bedroom. That's how I know I've settled in. Home is where the Teen Wolf poster is. I should needlepoint that on a pillow. Here's a picture of me in front of it:
|Look what a cute couple we'd make|
HOW COOL WAS THAT VIDEO? So cool, right? Because Michael was such a big part of my life during my formative years and because I'm so inspired by his work, I plan to partner with Team Fox and his foundation to help raise money for Parkinson's research. It's gonna be awesome. So stay tuned for updates because with our help, we can make a difference!