Weird Al Yankovic has charmed social media users with a truly heartwarming story about how he recently reconnected with his ninth grade crush — and learned that she’d held onto a picture he drew for her for nearly 50 years.
The 61-year-old comedic singer shared the sweet story on Facebook last week, recalling the crush he had on a girl who sat in front of him in math class when he was a freshman at Lynwood High School in Southern California.
Weird Al described himself as ‘painfully shy’ at the time, explaining how he awkwardly drew portraits for everyone in the class just so he could give her one.
Recently, he came across his old crush on Twitter, and the pair exchanged messages — during which he learned that his crush had saved the portrait he drew of her for decades.
Feel-good story: Weird Al Yankovic has charmed social media users with a truly heartwarming story about how he recently reconnected with his ninth grade crush
Sweet on her: The 61-year-old comedic singer recalled the crush he had on a girl who sat in front of him in math class when he was a freshman at Lynwood High School in California
Weird Al had reason to be uncomfortable during his freshman year of high school. He has started kindergarten a year early and skipped second grade, so he was two years younger than everyone else in his grade.
‘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,’ he wrote.
‘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,’ he went on.
‘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.’
Memento: For nearly 50 years, she kept a drawing that he had made for her
Weird Al described himself as ‘painfully shy’ at the time, explaining how he awkwardly drew portraits for everyone in the class just so he could give her one
He noted that he tried to make Patrice’s picture better than the others, ‘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,’ he said.
Then recently, ‘nearly half a century later,’ Weird Al was on Twitter when he came across a woman ‘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,’ he said.
‘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,’ he said, including a photo with the picture he true.
Smart cookie: He had skipped grades and was two years younger than his classmates, but graduated as valedictorian in 1975
Family man: Weird Al has been married to his wife Suzanne since 2001 and the couple has a daughter named Nina
‘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,’ the Class of 1975 valedictorian concluded.
‘Weird Al Yankovic just won 2020,’ wrote Tim.
‘One of the best I’ve read. Right on, Weird Al!’ wrote another fan.
‘I love this sentiment. Focus on the nice moments. It seems that this year has taught me that they are even more special when hard to find,’ added a third.
While the old classmates’ reconnection was a bright spot of the year, it wasn’t a romantic one: Weird Al has been married to his wife Suzanne since 2001 and the couple has a daughter named Nina.