Judith Fein: THE HUDSON VALLEY HUNK

Judith Fein is an award-winning travel journalist, playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, performer, speaker, editor and author.

Sunnyside

Sunnyside, home of Washington Irving; ©Historic Hudson Valley

I am a happily married, reasonable, fairly balanced woman, but it has not always been so. Many years before I walked down the aisle with my smart, funny, adorable, accomplished husband Paul, I was a hormonally-volatile, peroxide-blond teenager who was visiting her aunt one summer. The aunt in question was having some construction work done in her yard, and she hired a young man from the Hudson Valley to do it.

He was, to put it mildly, a cardiac-arrester, a heart-stopper, a take-your-breath-away specimen of male pulchritude. He had an Elvis-like shock of ebony hair that fell half an inch above one of his jade-green eyes. His cheeks were adorned with perfectly-puckered dimples. His lips were thick, plump, moist like a New England clam. When he shoveled dirt, my eyeballs were riveted to his biceps, triceps, and even his pink, slightly puffy elbow. Read more…

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27 Responses to Judith Fein: THE HUDSON VALLEY HUNK

  1. Very well-written and very well-told. Brings you back, doesn’t it? Also makes me want to visit the Hudson Valley. Nice job, J.

  2. juDIE FEIN says:

    Jackie, I bet you would want to B.I.K.E. to the Hudson Valley!

  3. Linda Tagliaferro says:

    So where is Ichabod now? Does he have a beer belly and has he lost all his hair? Excellent story, and written with all the abandon of your teenage years, but with the insight that comes with experience.. You have a great sense of humor and a flair for storytelling.

  4. rachelbirds says:

    I love Sunnyside! And I love the thought of Ichabod working on the gardens.

  5. Barbara says:

    Judie, I’m sure you’ve struck a cord with everyone who’s ever “dreant” someone was perfect, only to find that the person we imained was as much a phantom as the Headless Horseman who haunted Sunnyside. Lots of fun.

  6. elynaviva says:

    Great fun! Ah, youth. But such wisdom–to know that you wanted more than just a hunk–you wanted a literate hunk!
    E

  7. carolyncount says:

    Gave me a good chuckle

  8. jann says:

    Judie, I loved reading this! I can just see you in your teenie-weensie bikinis trying to catch Ichabod’s eye…. tee hee.

  9. Love the way you connect PLACE and SEX in this memory. Just as music can bring back horny memories, your terrific story proves that when it comes to romantic memories….location, location, location counts as much as the hard-body-gardener fantasies of a budding Lady Chatterly. Many of us do silly things when young, only the great can write about them in ways that make us laugh and feel the sun on our shoulders at the same time. Thank you!

  10. Great tale, almost as good as the legend of Sleepy Hollow!
    Best,
    Irene

  11. keren friedman says:

    Delightful AND I”m still smiling! Much more interesting, too, than my own fantasies of “trapping” my 2nd grade heartthrob in the toybox.

  12. Cliff says:

    I get it. Totally. We all have our Ichabods. So sweet and funny. Thanks.

  13. Rod & Mary says:

    Judie: You found the headless gardener.

  14. Bruce Morgan says:

    Joe Jefferson made a career out of playing Rip Van Winkle. He made lots of money, but tired of the same role, which he performed year after year. So he tried to leave Rip in the shadows, but such was not to be. So back to the stage and more nights of waking up old. Which we all do, of course. Age creeps into our bedrooms and sprinkles dotie dust in our eyes and voila, the young have been transformed in a twinkling. But not you, Judie. You kept all the elements alive and well and told of them with wit and charm. For his part, Joe built a nice mansion in south Louisiana where visitors enjoy the clever architecture of the place and yes, the gardens. And maybe the gardeners. I’ll bet Washington Irving would approve of all. Especially you and Icky.

  15. Joan Levinson says:

    DELICIOUS VIGNETTE OF NORMAL SHARP YOUNG FEMALE YEARNING FOR CONNECTION WHILE HER HORMONES PUMP
    GALLONS OF ESTROGEN THROUGH THE TUBES. WE HAVE ALL HAD THESE FANTASIES BASED ON GOOD LOOKS AND WISHFUL
    THINKING. IT’S LOTS OF HARMLESS FUN ESPECIALLY IF THE GUY DOESN’T TAKE YOU UP ON YOUR HORMONIC DESIRES AND
    THEN TURN OUT TO BE REALLY BORING….

  16. juDIE FEIN says:

    love these comments. i mean, LOVE them. i was wondering if anyone would get the story, and you all got it and ran with it. thank you!

  17. Judie,

    So fun to read! My sister and I had crushes on surfer boys, (Southern California in the 60’s) and called them ‘doll #1 and doll #2’. We never had the nerve to talk to them, though we saw them every day of the summer. You were much more brave. Bravo to you.
    Diane Covington

  18. Carolyn says:

    What a charming bitter-sweet story! It reminds me of a crush I had on a wrangler at a dude ranch when I was about 14. But I never fantasized he was literate! The fact that he was so handsome and road a horse so well andlooked like a cowboy was plenty enough for me! I still have a black and white photo of him tucked away somewhere. How I cherished that photo once!

  19. JUDIE FEIN says:

    a wrangler! and you still have the photo! this cowgirl (ha!) is grinning from ear to ear. thanks for posting.

  20. Loved your story and will share it with my daughter and my niece, each are 16. I wish I had read something similar at 16!

  21. Why is it that all the hunky ones turn out to be Icky-bods? GREAT STORY, Judie! love it.

  22. What a great story! It reminded me of crushes I had a as a teen, but even more of how much I love Sunnyside. Ever since i visited for the first time, I’ve been exclaiming “I want to live there.”

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