From the first time I ever plopped down next to him on a school bus headed for the Michigan Adventure physics trip, I knew he was going to be my friend for life.
I wasn’t even in physics anymore, but had convinced the teacher to let me come along. Not because I was so interested in physics, but because it was the end of my senior year and I would rather be waving my hands above my head on the corkscrew than explicating a Keats poem.
After climbing the familiar black treaded steps, I took my first look at who was going on this trip with me.
Almost all juniors and 100% male.
I picked a familiar face and walked purposefully toward him, “Hey Curly. Can I be your seatmate for this adventure?”
“Of course,” he smiled easily sliding over toward the window.
I sat down casually on the green vinyl seat waving off all the protests and seat invitations from the other guys. As soon as the bus roared to life, and Huong turned around and sat down, I decided to get to know my new friend better.
“So,” I asked looking past him to the outside brick wall of our school, “do you have a girlfriend?”
The bus hadn’t even left the school parking lot and I asked the doozy question right off the bat. I had to know if this day was going to be flirty or just friendly. I am not sure what I was hoping for.
“Sort of,” he answered.
“How do you ‘sort of’ have a girlfriend?”
“She lives in Caledonia.”
“How did you meet a girl from way over there?”
Our conversation…and our future… took off as the bus lurched forward.
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