Written March, 1990 – Age 15
What a day Monday was. I went to English class and our teacher said we could go on a field trip to see a play at another school. He said he could make an excusal list for anyone willing to miss third-fifth periods.
I didn’t really want to go. I wanted to talk to Chris to see why he wasn’t at the dance. I wasn’t going to, but then decided I needed the extra credit so I signed up to leave.
I went to my locker to put away my stuff and go around to tell my teachers where I would be. I wasn’t aware of anyone beside me until I heard a voice say, “You look pretty lonely in this picture.”
I whirled around to see Chris looking at a Polaroid of me in my locker. We laughed about the picture and I started to feel my face turn red. I don’t know why it does that. It just does for no reason.
Anyway, we talked and I told him I got to miss school to see the play. Then I found out he had signed up too! Well, he went to his locker to get his lunch and I brought a bag of goldfish crackers and Melissa’s tic-tacs (emergency measures).
We hopped on the bus. He sat down on one of the seats and I wasn’t sure if he wanted to sit by me, so to be safe, I took the seat in front of him. “Oh, this seat has lumps,” he said, moving up by me. Subtle.
Then he said, “Oh look, it looks like the flag is connected to that building.” I didn’t even see the flag. “Well, you have to look at it from over here,” he said. Being the genius that I am, I finally got the picture and moved a little closer to him, playing along with the whole game. It was pretty fun.
We talked on the way and I noticed his brown eyes. We were talking about hair colors and he ran his fingers through my hair.
Coincidentally enough, that morning Alicia wanted to put hairspray in my hair. I didn’t want her to, saying that if a guy wanted to run his fingers through he would get stuck. She assured me that no guy was going to today.
We got there in the sunshine and went over on the grass by a tree to eat lunch. It lasted only a few minutes when our teacher led everyone into the building. We watched the play, then went to get back on the bus. I walked a little closer to him on the way out.
When we got on the bus there were no more empty seats so we couldn’t talk on the way home.
I got back to school and talked to Jessica at lunch. I was hating home, and she said I could come over to her house to stay over.
I met her after school by the flagpole. Chris was walking this way and Jessica was elbowing me. I got mad and told her to stop it ‘cause she was being obvious.
“I thought I’d find you here,” he said, and sat down by me. We had only a few minutes before Jessica’s sister came and we had to go.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the reason Chris wasn’t at the dance is because he couldn’t find it. I told him I would have called him but couldn’t find his number. He gave me his number but I wasn’t really listening.