Writer’s Workshop: Challenges and Crushes

I was going to do the “write a blog post inspired by the word: challenge” this week, because next Friday is the beginning of signups for the Blogging From A To Z April Challenge. You’ll note that the badge for this year’s challenge has replaced the QR code I had up there (they wanted me to pay to keep it there, can you believe it?), where Olaf is pointing…

I realized that I’ve already written about the Challenge for the Writer’s Workshop, though, so you can just go over and read it there. Seriously, it’s a lot of fun, you get to meet some other bloggers and read some pretty dynamite blogs, so I hope you’ll consider it.

Anyway, with that out of the way, I figured I should pick another prompt. It came down to a choice between “list your top 8 favorite candies,” which I’ve done already, twice in fact, and “tell us about a crush you had in high school.” So, I guess I’ll do the second. Promise you won’t laugh…

I didn’t date much in high school, so I spent a lot of time at home watching TV, especially on Friday nights. I think, besides In Concert and The Midnight Special, my favorite show was The Brady Bunch, for one reason…

Maureen McCormick as Marcia, Marcia, Marcia Brady (source: Express.co.uk)

Of course I had a crush on Marcia Brady. I think every guy around my age did. The ones who didn’t had a crush on her younger sister, Jan.

Jan Brady (Eve Plumb) (source: Newsmov.biz)

In fact, as Jan got older it became almost a “Ginger vs. Mary Ann” thing.

Dawn Wells and Tina Louise as Mary Ann and Ginger on Gilligan’s Island (source: The Age of Volcanoes)

So, if I wasn’t doing something else, which was most Friday nights, I’d sit and watch The Brady Bunch, really just to see her. I mean, she was everything: cute, dressed nicely, probably smelled good, and seemed like she was friendly, at least friendlier than the girls I was in school with. Marcia was supposed to be my age, meaning that, if the stars had lined up just right, she’d have been a classmate, and we could have commiserated over geometry. Or not. Probably not. Still, it was fun to imagine.

Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia, wrote a book, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, a few years ago, in which she said that Marcia was a pretty tough standard to live up to. In the book, she answers the burning question “Did Marcia and Greg ever…?” Guess I’ll have to read it to find out.

14 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Challenges and Crushes

  1. JOHN HOLTON STOP REMEMBERING THE PROMPTS YOU’VE ALREADY WRITTEN ON!!! lol! I’m going to start asking you to submit new prompts so that I can add them to the Spring list of writing topics! #TeamMaryann


    1. 🤣😂😆

      I’ll come up with a few and send them to you sometime today. Remember, I don’t have kids, so those types of questions will need to come from you. Always happy to help.


  2. It’s always “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia…” (I guess, except, when it was Jan?)

    I only caught The Brady Bunch in afternoon syndication, but I loved that family. I think Peter was my favorite! And he aged really well, too, as I saw on Vh1’s “The Surreal Life” some years later.

    I’m way late to the game this week….I didn’t catch the prompts on Tuesday or Wednesday, then we had lots of storming starting Thursday.


    1. Christopher Knight, who played Peter, is in a couple of commercials for a hair-replacement place. They all look good, considering they’re all in their 50’s or 60’s.


  3. I watched the Brady Bunch but no crushes. My crushes were mostly for rock stars. We’re on our way to Hiawassee, Ga to see Three Dog Night. Should be interesting and fun!


  4. John,

    I liked watching the Brady Bunch, too. I remember having a wee crush on Greg. I recall a few other celebrity crushes I had as a kid. That would’ve been a fun approach to take with this prompt but honestly once DH and I began dating then I don’t think I looked at boys again like that. He stole my heart away is all I can say. 🙂 This was so sweet and fun. I really enjoyed reading it a lot. Thanks for sharing and for the encouragement to consider joining again the A2Z fun. Chances are favorable that I will do it even if I have to push myself kicking and screaming into the challenge. 🙂


    1. You know me: I put the word list together halfway through last year’s challenge, and found out later it’s very appropriate for this year’s challenge.

      I wasn’t one for celebrity crushes, either, but Marcia was just impossible to ignore.

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  5. I liked Peter. I think I still do, actually. Marcia was soooo pretty! And yes, she always seemed up and pleasant, which made her even more pretty. I saw the show in syndication and even then, Cindy was more my age. I had Cindy hair in kindergarten, teachers loved that.


    1. I didn’t start getting curly hair until I was about 10 or 11, around the same time it started darkening up. Frankly, it was a pain.

      Marcia was just a little too good to be true, but then, that was the sitcom of the ’70’s. I shudder to think what they’d do to her now.

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