The 30 Stages Of Dating In Middle School

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1. Your crush probably had no idea you liked them.

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Let’s be real, sometimes they didn’t even know you existed.

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2. You eagerly looked forward to your 5th period class with them.

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And you spent the rest of your classes daydreaming about them.

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3. You either admired them from afar…

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…or teased them endlessly.

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(or both!)

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4. Either way, they gave you serious stomach butterflies.

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5. You went out of your way to pass them in the hallway.

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6. You saved your best outfits for days you saw them the most.

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Because they definitely noticed how hot you looked in your new Abercrombie Kids hoodie.

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7. You looked for any sign that they were into you.

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They stood next to you in line? You guys were practically dating. They sat at your lunch table? Wedding bells.

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8. Then one day, they actually talked to you.

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The angels sang and the sky got bluer and the grass greener.

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9. You tried to play it cool, but inside you were FREAKING OUT.

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10. You wanted to tell them how you really felt.

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11. But that was too risky, so you passed them a note instead.

Bonus points if it had a “check yes if you like me” box.

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12. You mentally prepared yourself for rejection.

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13. When they didn’t respond, you wanted to crawl in a hole and die of embarrassment.

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14. But then rumors suddenly surfaced.

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Becky heard from Tina who heard from Joe who heard from Chris who overheard the soccer team talking about how your crush thought you were kinda sorta pretty cute.

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15. You mustered up the courage to ask them out.

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Or if you were lucky, they made the first move.

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16. You sent each other a few flirty texts or IMs.

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“hi :)”
“nm u”

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17. You went to the movies in a group and stressed about holding hands.

There’s no such thing as an accidental hand brush.

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18. They started saying hello to you in the hallway.

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19. You moved them into your top friends on Myspace.

If they reciprocated, you knew it was true love.

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20. You scoped out all their social media accounts.

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In the early 2000s, this meant their Myspace, Xanga from 6th grade, and current AIM profile.

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21. Speaking of which, you added their name to your AIM profile.

Along with some romantic lyrics to really emphasize that your relationship was profound and everlasting.

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22. The whole school talked about how you two were an item.

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23. You shared your first slow dance with them.

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In other words, you rhythmically swayed back and forth to Mario’s “Let Me Love You.”

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24. Maybe you even got your first kiss.

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Their lips were chapped but it was SO TOTALLY ROMANTIC under the bleachers at that one football game.

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25. You constantly talked about how much you were in love with them.

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Even though you had only interacted with them for like two weeks.

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26. You hoped your relationship would last forever.

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In your mind, you guys were the next Noah and Allie.

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27. Unfortunately, it didn’t last.

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Maybe they started ignoring you. Maybe they sent you a breakup text or IM. Whatever the means, your crush ended it all too soon.

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28. Your friends helped you move on from your first breakup.

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There was nothing comfort food, sleepovers, and/or a new video game couldn’t fix.

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29. You were SO over what’s-their-face and dating in general.

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30. That is, until you met your next crush.

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