This isn’t the first time I have dreamed of NKOTB (New Kids on the Block to those who have lived under a rock the past 20+ years or so). When I was 12 I would think that Jordan would look at me in the audience and say “I’m gonna marry that girl” and wisk me off. Hey, I was 12! We all wished Kirk Cameron, NKOTB and Doogie Howser would marry us!

So my dream last night, I was at their NKOTBSB concert, but at dinner beforehand with the group. There sat next to, and across from, me Donnie, Danny, Jon, Jordan and Joey. I was telling each of them why (or why not) I had a crush on them as a tween. Here goes the list…

Donnie – Mostly crushed on him ’cause he was the “Bad Boy”. Then when his little brother (Marky Mark) came on the scene, sorry Donnie, I was all about Marky Mark’s Good Vibrations!

Danny – My mom was the one who always loved Danny best. I couldn’t crush on a guy my mom liked. Like gag me with a spoon! I hope he doesn’t mind that I didn’t crush on his ’cause of this. Somehow I think he’ll survive.

Jon – Oh how we all loved the cute quiet one of the group. As Jordan’s older brother, he was the “mature” one. Turns out I think he also had a crush on Marky Mark. Bummer.

Jordan – By far my longest crush of all the boys of NKOTB. He had a solo career after the group disbanded (can a one-hit wonder be considered a solo career? Hells yeah it can, that song I played over and over and over for weeks on end!). I was crushed when I realized he was never going to pluck me from the crowd and ride off into the sunset.

Joey – The Young One. EVERY ONE of my friends loved Joey. For this simple fact, I couldn’t do it. I regretted not crushing on him when he was on Dancing with the Stars a few years ago, my oh my I can crush on him now. That BAHSHTON accent, those curls, those high notes… He can’t quite hit them like he did as a lad, but he still has the stand out voice of the group.

So there you go. My random dream and real thoughts as to why I crushed on NKOTB. By the way, I had the complete set of NKOTB trading cards as a kid. I was very proud of this fact and spent MANY, MANY allowances on them. Kinda bummed I don’t still have those. And my fluorescent painters cap. I was stylin with full on NKOTB gear as a tween. Don’t hate.

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Emily is a mom to three very active boys. Her youngest is autistic so she is passionate about advocating for children and families on the spectrum. She attends more concerts than is humanly possible and takes some pretty amazingly blurry photos of said shows to prove she was there. Also, #hashtags are her favorite. #totes #noreally