Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • Forgetting your first kiss isn't possible. It makes no difference if it's your first kiss ever or your first kiss with someone new, you remember it. The problem is that you remember it incorrectly.

    In the rush of excitement you simply can't keep up with the details, and they fall out. You forget the warmth you could feel from her body. You forget the texture of her clothes, and you forget how soft she seemed when your hands were on her lower back. You forget exactly how her eyes looked the first time you were that close. You forget what the adrenaline felt like when, suddenly, she completely filled your vision in a collision course. All the things that were hyper-real, that you were so sharply aware of at the time, distill away into a memory of a chronological binary - before and after. The kiss becomes an accomplishment, and you remember the lighting and fire were there, but only that. Over time, the memory is like looking at a picture of the coliseum in Rome on a baseball card. You get the general idea, but it's never the same as being there, in that moment, staring upward and wondering what's inside.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.