I really don't know if I can write about this. I work in a high school. I think that the kids want to know about how I was when I was a kid their age. Every now and again, I tell them stories. You should know that the way that I remember things is not necessarily the truth. I love Gary stories because the way that I remember him is happy. I only have wonderful Gary stories from high school. So if you know Gary or you remember us differently, please don't tell me. I want these stories to stay the way I remember them. Writer's prerogative!!!
Now, you don't know this but there is every possibility that I was the tiniest bit boy crazy when I was in high school. I didn't have any... game. I'm still clueless when it comes to men, things don't change. Well... I may have to tell you the Robert story at some point but this one is about Gary. That's his real name. I won't mention his last name. Yes, I went to high school with him.
It started in Mrs. Torres class. She taught Junior English... I think. I don't remember when I had her, before lunch but not first period. I think I had her third period. I was sitting here when in pencil, I saw a "Hi" on the desk. I wrote back. I think I wrote it back. I don't advocate for desk writing. The next day there was another response. I left one. It was fun. It was a little like message in a bottle. There was mystery. We ended up leaving notes to each other. I had no idea who I was writing to. After some back and forth, he found out who I was and I found out it was Gary, one of the guys on the football team.
Gary came to me before class frantic one day to ask me if I would lend him John Gardner's Grendel. My dad would buy all of the books I needed for the year at the beginning of the year so I had all of the books I needed for the year. He didn't have the book and wanted to borrow it from me I was reluctant because I was worried that it would disappear by the time I got the book back. He insured that I would have the book. I went to class and I found the book. When we opened it, I saw the message. Gary thanked me for lending him the book. I was OVER THE MOON. He was soooo cute. He had dimples. That's how it all started. Gary was one of the good ones. I'll tell you more about Gary as I go along.