Memories of childhood crushes burn bright

Some first loves are just a faint, sweet echo from the past.

Other crushers sustain themselves right to the altar.

Paula Kee’s first infatuation —which did not last — was a teenage cousin in Philadelphia.

“He was about 15 and blond and gorgeous,” said the Bucksport resident. “I was roly-poly, a little butterball.”

One night she was convinced he was at a bowling alley that both their families frequented.

“Oh the angst! Should I go talk to him? Or, maybe I shouldn’t. Of course, he wasn’t there.”

By the time she was in junior high and svelte there came along “a very cute boy.”

“He made out with all the girls,” said Kee. “One day we went into the woods with other kids. We smoked a bunch of cigarettes and made out a little bit.”

Today her husband of 33 years, Bucksport Town Councilor David Kee, is very happy the little foray in the woods stayed right there.

Scott and Klair Moshier met in junior high school when his family moved to Gouldsboro from Hopkinton, Mass.

Klair, who was born and raised in Gouldsboro, noticed the new boy on the school bus.

Her Dad decided to help things along a little bit.

“He asked me: ‘Have you met my daughter?’” Scott recalls.

“I said, ‘Which one is that?”

“The one who dresses like Cyndi Lauper.”

“The one with all the bracelets and the bright T-shirt?”

Soon they were out on their first date. Scott’s Dad drove them to the movie theater in Milbridge to see the original “Ghostbusters.”

From there it was meeting up for a swim at Jones Pond, and when Scott got his driver’s license they would drive to Winter Harbor, Ellsworth and Bangor.

Right from the beginning there was a lot of common ground. Both liked kayaking, biking, working on creative projects and old cars.

On her 16th birthday Scott surprised Klair with a restored Volkswagen Beetle.

Date nights were often a trip to Bangor for a movie followed by pizza at Little Caesar’s, the least expensive pizza parlor in Bangor.

“We were happy,” said Klair. “We never felt like we were missing out on anything.”

Although it was not uncommon at that time for high-schoolers to get engaged, Scott waited to pop the question until a year after they graduated.

He was working on his screen printing business in Bar Harbor — where they often teamed up —and she was a bank teller.

On Oct. 10 of this year they will celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary.

“We picked that date to get married because it would be easy to remember,” Klair said.

In 1991, his parents’ farmhouse and service station on Route 1 in Gouldsboro burned to the ground.

Klair and Scott bought the land from the insurance company the following year and built a tiny home — a one-room apartment with a bathroom.

Today they live in a full-size house on the same property up the hill from their silk-screening business, You Name It.

The one-minute commute to work enabled her to stay home with their two boys, Cruz, 18, and Devin, 12.

Scott said he hears all the time that marriage is work, but that has not been his experience.

“It doesn’t seem like there is any work involved,” he said. “She always seems to know what I’m going to do next.”

“You’re a team above everything else,” Klair said.

Their business has had its ups and downs, like many in the area, but the Moshiers have found ways to weather the financial uncertainty.

In particularly lean times they would visit a card shop on Valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries, look over all of the greeting cards available, exchange the ones they liked the best, read them and then put them back in the rack.

“We still do it,” Klair said. “What a waste of money.”

They also know how to make each day special by pretending upon rising that they are traveling that day.

The game goes something like this:

“When is our flight to Vegas?” Klair might ask.

“We were going to Yellowstone last week,” she said.

“But we missed our flight,” said Scott, who always reminds her, “Don’t forget the Q-tips.”

At times they do hit the road.

Seven years ago, they took their boys to Disney World after two years of planning that included renovating an old recreational vehicle for the trip.

They announced to Cruz and Devin Christmas Eve that they were departing for Orlando the following morning.

“The best part was on the road,” Klair said.

Another memorable trip was when they took their children and two nephews to a water park in New Hampshire.

To spice up the drive they told the boys they could say whatever they wanted — whatever nasty words came to mind — but only while they were in the truck.

They wanted to go to Las Vegas for their 20th anniversary, but when the time came they couldn’t afford it. They went to Hollywood Slots in Bangor instead and pretended they were in Nevada.

Now Las Vegas is off their wish list because they heard a lot of people who travel there smoke.

“We hate smoke,” Klair said.

Yellowstone is now at the top of their list.

They regularly tell their children money is never everything.

“Some people are so poor all they have is money,” Klair recites from a quote attributed to Patrick Meagher.

And for Scott, it’s all about his wife.

“I tell my kids that my reward at the end of the day is to lie down next to Klair, next to the person I love.”

Sasha Rea’s eyes settled on her husband, David Rea, when she was in preschool in Ellsworth. She never looked any further.

David’s late mother, Debbie Rea, was the cook for the Head Start program and whenever Sasha misbehaved she was put in time out in the kitchen.

“David came over after school to help his Mom,” Sasha said. “He was so nice, so sweet.”

Asked what he thought of her, David, who is five years older, says: “She was a little kid I had to deal with.”

A few years later their families found themselves worshiping at the same church — Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Town Hill.

Both mothers prayed the two would fall in love.

That began to happen when Sasha’s parents asked David to help Sasha find a summer job at the Union River Lobster Pot restaurant.

Today they are married, live in Ellsworth, have 20-month-old Emilina and are expecting a second child in June.

“He’s my best friend,” said Sasha.

The key, said David, is communication “and a willingness to listen.”

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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