Just some thoughts:
All because they had the same first initial in their last names afforded him something special.
Can your remember when where you sat, or got in line, when you were called to do something often was determined by the first initial in your last name? I can.
Once upon a time polio was a disease that was the rage and especially of young children. Then a cure or prevention was created for it by Doctor Jonas Salk. I remember very early in my grade school years when it was announced that the coming week students would be receiving their polio shots and it would be done in the school library. The mere mention of the word “shots” to young children struck fear in their hearts.
I well remember that day in getting to school and seeing the school library set up differently than most days. The medical folks had moved in. It was announced that morning that students would be called to the library to received their shots by alphabetical order. Also our grade would be called first. This was not good. I readily understood what the initial “A” meant. Yes I ended up being called first to receive the shot.
A fella tells that because of his last name initial he ended up sitting next to what he thought was the prettiest girl in all of his college days. “She was beautiful, so, so pretty and I was so scared, all semester I never said one word to her even though I wanted to so badly.”
This “Scared to say anything to the girl guy” would go on and become a very well known author and writer. Some time later while he was in the hospital he received a get well card from her with a hand written note. She said she remembered him, sitting next to him in college and reads the things he writes, books, columns and all.
He said he could have kicked himself for not making some kind of move, acknowledgement on her twenty years ago. But the real reason he never made move on her he said was cause he was realistic. In his words, “He was no day at the beach when he was in college.”
I thought about that beach line. I could college days identify. I most often felt that way, “I was no day at the beach.” I did a lot of comparing and in my mind I didn’t match up.
Kinda reminds me of a song I once heard:
“Is it better to say too much than not to say anything at all?”
You know if the truth be told, I bet most all of us had someone that we wanted to or wish we had said something to, but for various reasons never spoke a word.
How about you? I know I did.
April 18, 2019
Posted April 24, 2019