Egos and Stoplights

Story circa 1994.

I was sixteen years old and in high school. I was not dating Patricia at the time. During high school Patricia and I spent a lot of time on and off, off and on. I would swoon and pursue after her and eventually she would cave in. We would date for a number of months; she would then see the error of her ways and dump me. This was a very normal routine and we had both grown accustom to it.

So here we go again…

I was driving down the road in my pickup and saw an attractive girl in the car next to me. I smiled. She smiled back. She accelerated and I accelerated. She slowed and I slowed, all this time we stole glances at each other and she continued to smile at me, even a giggle or two. During this time I trying to look casual and still smile and look interesting. Teenage boys are easily some of the stupidest creatures on the planet. Not that this is a revelation to anyone. So we both pull up to a stoplight.

I turn towards her car and give her the big charm smile. When from the passenger seat pops into view a very stern face. She started laughing…and he continued to stare through my eyes into my quickly shrinking ego. I believe we sat at that stoplight for three hours and seventeen minutes, with her laughing, him staring, and me pretending to be preoccupied with my windshield.

Adolescence, such an enchanting phase.

9 comments:

J Crew said...

very impressive

MTonks said...

You have the floor moonwalker...

kludge said...

I was apprechensive about this one. 16 was not my brightest time. I suppose that is also something to be thankful of. Image if 16 was as smart as you ever got.

J Crew said...

I would be in big trouble if 16 was the pinnacle of knowledge.

kludge said...

looking at my previous comment, I'm inpressed at how many errors I can cram into one thought...

RC said...

what a funny story...i love it.

boys...we're retarded.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

kludge said...

No Doubt!

It one of the ingredient required to make boys... right after snails I think

Brendan said...

I'm confused... was this a boyfriend who popped into view, or a father?

Either way would be somewhat uncomfortable..

kludge said...

Ah, yes... Boyfriend, and I must say I rememeber him being in good shape.