Wednesday, September 26, 2007

3WW- He eagerly caught the smell of her perfume



This week's words are:

Caught
Eager
Perfume

Towards the end of my senior year in high school, my best guy friend from the previous year came to visit the school one day. I have written before about him, in a thinly veiled fiction exercise.

It caught me by surprise the day he came to visit, and I was more than eager to meet him. I was on the second floor of our school when I saw him downstairs in front of the principal's office. I rushed down the stairs quickly and ran to him. He wrapped his arms around me and gave such a hug that I wanted to melt into it. As he hugged me, he whispered in my ear "you still smell the same. I missed your perfume." Or something like that.

I can't remember what happened after that. Maybe a group of us went out for lunch with him. Maybe we did not. In any case, that was the last I ever saw of him. This was someone I used to care about a lot, yet I sure made no effort to keep in touch with him once he left school. This, again, is the story of my life. I seem to have no trouble divesting myself of relationship ties and affections, especially at a distance. Absence does not make the heart grow fonder in my book. I am not celebrating or indicting this trait. It is what it is.

12 comments:

  1. The part where he whispered in her ear was breathtaking. You described that unforgettable moment in time while, well also making it clear how fleeting it was.

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  2. It is what it is! I like the way you ended your memory with that line - it fits the piece. Nice post...

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  3. A lovely and evocative story! It feels very familiar to me - several of my close friends from high school I lost touch with in just the same way. Thank you for this - I haven't thought of them in a long time, and it is lovely to do so again.

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  4. darling girl... welcome to the club... i am the worst at maintaining any kind of relationship... i never even answer my phone,,, i only socialize via email... you have a far way to go to be as bad at it as i am ... lovely post.... love the "little glimpses" of you.........

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  5. Ah, but did he try and keep in touch with you?

    It takes two to keep a friendship alive I've found.

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  6. I can remember a time when I was excited to see a guy I was in love with but, he moved away and I haven't seen him since. So, your story rings true to most out here. Keep up the good work.

    Michelle

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  7. Like Paisley, I really enjoy these little glimpses.

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  8. So many people have come in and out of my life over the years. It's odd....I miss some people that are no longer in my life, but others I am GLAD are gone!

    PS.. I am AWFUL at maintaining friendships. I swear if my friends didn't do all of the work I would be alone.

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  9. Thank you everybody for the nice comments. It touches me that this little slice of life resonated with several of you.

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  10. It sounds cliched, but it really is amazing how often we don't think about it possibly being the last time we will ever see someone.

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