with Steve from high school
seen Steve in 40 years,
but we found each other on
and here we are at lunch, catching up.
were in the History Club together
and had a couple gym classes
but our memories are so barren,
barren as the
“So what do you remember about Patti?”
ask him as he bites into his hamburger.
Patti was my high
the incredible girl I married.
Oh, she was one of the prettiest girls
in the class.” I
love hearing that sort of thing.
She’s always been so
beautiful to me,
but when other guys say it,
I get so
pleased and proud that she is mine.
talk to her much back then,
ever say anything to her?”
prod him for memories.
“Oh, no,” he responds
“I could never have done that.”
know exactly how he felt.
And it’s just as I thought,
actually kept the other guys away.
And for the
life of me I can’t figure out
how I ever got the
to ask her out in the first place,
let alone to ask
her to go steady with me
on our very first date.
thing I ever did in my whole life,”
I declare to Steve,
who nods his head in agreement.
“Yes, I’m sure it
is, Mike, I’m sure it is.”
arms around my neck
There was that
time way back
in high school when she sprained
and couldn’t attend classes.
I brought her homework home for her
and we studied
And I carried her around,
her arms around my
from the living room
to the den, from the den
the kitchen and back to the living room again.
thought it was nice not being able to walk
as long as you were
Bet your arms hurt today
from carrying me around.
you shouldn’t have done it – though I liked
she wrote to me later.
I liked it too
It’s not every day you get
to carry a
goddess around in your arms.
“I’ve never been on a
blind date,” I state,
feeling a mixture of pride and
“I haven’t either,” my wife responds
looking away from the TV screen.
look at her to see if she is kidding.
But she isn’t.
you have,” I say. “You’ve been on a blind
A quizzical look crosses her face.
when you decided you needed to date other
“Oh that. I forgot all about that.”
you’re one up on me,” I continue,
I’ve never been on a blind date
and you have.” I
guess it is pride I’m feeling.
I’ve never had to
resort to a blind date
like my wife has.
one up on you, ha, ha,” she kids me,
attention back to the TV.
Of course I can’t
help but reflect
on how that blind date of hers, a date she
out of hand, that ha ha blind date of hers,
actually the worst day of my entire life.
The day she sent me
so she could spend the day with another guy,
the day I
could have lost her,
the most beautiful woman I have ever
I guess the laugh’s on her
because her stupid blind date was a fiasco
ended up stuck with me forever, poor thing.