April 16, 2014

Mr Duck & Run – An Epic NYE

Kissing Frogs: Mr Duck & Run - An Epic NYE by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

I am a hopeless romantic and am guilty of not settling for anything less than the real deal,  I’ve had my fair share of dating disasters from the hilarious to just plain crazy, we’ve all had them right?! Come on now, be honest, some of our dating stories are worthy of sharing just for the giggle. Movies like An Officer and A Gentleman had me thinking a move to Annapolis to stake myself outside the Naval Academy and snag me ‘a uniform’ was a fine idea!  I believe in true love, despite the crazy, funny, sad, & bad things that might happen along the way. Soul mates like Simba & Nala from The Lion King and Edward & Bella from Twilight, and fairy tale endings are what this girl believes in.

Love Poem - Mr Duck & Run - An Epic NYE story by Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.comMany long years ago I met my very first frog, while working at McDonalds, I was about 16 years old.  I really wasn’t that interested in boys, having a brother the same age kind of used to make me wonder what my boy crazy girlfriends were on about, but when this beautiful blonde haired boy rode his push bike through drive thru holding a long stemmed red rose and a poem for me, suddenly I saw the light, I was a true believer and couldn’t wait to tell the girls.  Swoon! Unfortunately, this guy only had one move and never managed to figure out the next one.  He has come and gone a bunch of times over the years, often confessing his love and staging movie worthy promises and happy ever afters, but you guessed it, he can’t help but duck and run.

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He popped back into my world very briefly last New Year’s Eve for a cheeky midnight pash, it was epic, I’m talking when Harry met Sally kinda epic; they make movies about these kinds of stories. Literally as the countdown to 2014 was happening…. 10, 9, 8, 7… I hear my name being called above the din of the crowd…..‘Anna?’, I turn around to my Mr Duck and Run, ……..3, 2, 1… He kisses me, one of those kisses that make the world go quiet, his hand at the back of my neck, and says to me, “I’ve wanted to do that for 15 years”.

I’d like to say I’m one of those cool, calm and collected girls, but sadly, I’m not. After all these years I’m a bit awkward with this guy, OK – really awkward. I try to exert a cool ‘whatever demeanour’… however when this commitment-a-phobe began reminiscing about our history, the adventures we would have, our wedding – resistance was futile and we danced til dawn. 

In the cold light of New Year’s Day, nursing a hangover that felt like five monkeys wrestling in my head, reality began to sink in, my Prince Charming had once again returned to a sad little lost Froggie, but he sure did make for a rippa NYE story.

I give Mr Duck and Run   3 frogs

So tell me dear reader, are you a hopeless romantic? If yes, what’s the most romantic thing that has ever happened to you?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Krista - April 17, 2014 Reply

I didn’t think real romance existed until I met my Bear. 🙂 Like you, I met a LOT of frogs before him, lordy, lordy, just the thought makes me shudder and/or laugh.

    Anna - April 17, 2014 Reply

    Yay… Your story is one of the best I’ve heard in years. Love that Bear makes you happy too. 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - April 17, 2014 Reply

I am a hopeless romantic married to Mr No Romance What So Ever 🙂 I hope your Mr Duck and Run is a happy ending, no matter what happens. My ex once covered my car in flowers and a love letter – it was romantic at the time 🙂

    Anna - April 17, 2014 Reply

    No way… Seriously you are married to Mr No Romance, can’t be true. Haha… Can’t imagine a happy for the two of us together, but def happy endings separately. 🙂
    Tell me more… What kind of flowers? A love letter too… Sooooo romantic. I’m such a sop.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - April 17, 2014 Reply

I do have some funny stories to tell too although they’re nowhere near as entertaining as my friend’s stories. I think I tended towards longer relationships so the stories aren’t quite as funny. Or perhaps I picked boring men! 😛

    Anna - April 17, 2014 Reply

    Sounds juicy Lorraine… Feel free to share said stories with this little romantic any ol time. 🙂 Can’t imagine you picking a boring man, I think its different when in a relationship, things are not as flippant.

Choc Chip Uru - April 17, 2014 Reply

I’m a hopeless romantic and I’m waiting for something… different, unique (?) right now. I wonder when it will happen? I like your guy, he made your NYE very special 😀

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - April 17, 2014 Reply

    I believe your different & unique is absolutely 100% on the way. 2014 is the year of Choc Chip Uru. Xx

Mandy - The Complete Book - April 16, 2014 Reply

What a movie, oh, I mean story Anna. Seems like a perfect movie though.
My husbands serenade asking me to marry him would definitely be my most romantic moment. I still have the words written on a piece of paper in my engagement ring box. He wrote them down in case he forget something being nervous and all. Bless him!
Have a beautiful day Anna.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - April 17, 2014 Reply

    Naaaawwwwhhh!!!! I love that. Bless the hubbster being so crazy cute. Have a wonderful and safe Easter my lady.

mcfrog - April 16, 2014 Reply

great read,loved it,oh i want one of those frog crowns:)

    Anna - April 16, 2014 Reply

    For you my fav Uncle… Done… One shiny froggie crown coming your way. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - April 16, 2014 Reply

What a story. I had a guy like that in my life that came and went and we were always off and on but never in sync. That does sound like a very special NYE xx

    Anna - April 16, 2014 Reply

    Yes, that’s exactly it. 🙂 And yes, it was a great way to kick off my 2014. xx

Susan - April 16, 2014 Reply

I remember that red rose guy. Funny!

    Anna - April 16, 2014 Reply

    He sure had the moves my Mr Duck and Run. Great memories. 🙂

Kris - April 16, 2014 Reply

Great read. Keep adventuring and get me more stories, remember- keep it brother friendly.

    Anna - April 16, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha, on it Snizzle… 🙂

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