Weird Al Yankovic has been a beloved cultural staple for decades. Starting with the ’80s babies, Weird Al’s parodies are alive and well in every child’s heart.
So, hearing a heartwarming story about our favorite goofball is just what we need to round out 2020.
It’s not that hard, people. If you’re going out in public, WEAR A PORCUPINE. pic.twitter.com/z2CLRNvRZ8— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) December 8, 2020
Recently, the musician/comedian posted a story about his ninth-grade crush, Patrice Y.
He shared the details via his Facebook page.
Weird Al shared he was 12 years old in the ninth grade and awkward, shy and nerdy. Patrice sat directly in front of him and to break the ice, he drew her a picture.
“But one day I decided I would make my big move – I decided to draw a picture of her and present her with it,” he wrote. “But because I didn’t want to give her the impression that I LIKED her or anything, I also drew pictures of EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE CLASS and handed those out as well, just to throw her off the scent. (Full disclosure, I tried to make Patrice’s picture a little bit better than everyone else’s, just to be subtle about my feelings.) Anyway, everybody seemed to like their drawings, and, as you may have predicted, my love life remained completely dormant for the next several years.”
One day, he noticed someone on Twitter made a comment about the picture he drew in the ninth grade. Seeing the Twitter user’s name, he had to know if it was THE Patrice.
“Being slightly less shy at my current advanced age, I decided to follow up on this: I DM’ed her and asked if by any chance her name was Patrice. Turns out, it was. It was her – my 9th grade crush. I then followed up and asked, “Hey, by any chance do you happen to remember that one time I drew pictures of everybody in class?”
Oh yes, Patrice remembered — and kept it safe for 50 years.
“A minute later she sent me this photo. She had saved it all these years. I just felt like telling this story because, well… 2020 was arguably a pretty sucky year overall, but there were some real moments of joy sprinkled in here and there – and for me, this was definitely one of them.”
Thank you Weird Al for not only making 2020 better, but making life better as well. You’re a real one.