SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
We were an unlikely pair from the start. I was
Boys came and went but we spent more time
gregarious; she was more measured in her
together than I spent with all my “boyfriends”
manner. She was feisty too. Quiet, but feisty.
combined. We saw movies, shared ice cream
sundaes at Denny’s and attended countless school
She always had (and still has) a quick tongue
events together. Even at the 10th grade Sadie
and a dry sense of humor. We enjoyed laughing
Hawkins dance, we started and ended the evening
together—mostly at ourselves.
together—and I can’t for the life of me remember
It is a sport that continues to this day.
who our dates were.
The common thread through high school
After high school, we picked different colleges
was days spent in the fine art of talking about
to attend at opposite ends of the state. We got
boys. (Notice I didn’t say talking with boys. We
together on breaks but our lives began to form
participated in the dating scene mostly from afar.)
in new directions that were more separate than
Despite both of our love interests, we were,
together. Still, we were both there for each other’s
truth be told, mostly dating each other
wedding; Carla to Pat at the tender age of 20 and
throughout high school.
me to Eric just a couple of years later.