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settled for a job in a soda shop and was called a soda jerk. Here I got to see
a lot of the kids I went to school with and listen to them discuss the games I
wasn’t good enough to play in.
enough it didn’t really bother me that I wasn’t good enough to make the team
especially when several were walking around on crutches and years later they
still walked with a limp.
From time to
time Missy would come in the soda shop and I would ask the other soda jerk to serve
Then one day
I was working alone and she came in so I was stuck having to serve her. I said, “What can I get you?”
She said she
wanted to have a milkshake.
I asked what
flavor would she like and she said something strange for her. She said, “You
moment I said, ‘Well; I know your favorite is chocolate so how about a
at me and said; “Make it strawberry.”
take long and I could see she was still the same old Missy so I smiled and
said; “Strawberry it is.”
made the shake and gave it to her and went to the back room.
came in about that time and wanted to know what I was doing leaving a customer
alone in the shop. I said, “Well the truth is I didn’t want to associate with
He said I
should find another job and to come by Saturday and get my pay.
I removed my
white jacket and took my coat and left. I
knew she heard the whole conversation but we didn’t speak as I walked out of
Since I had
a bit of free time I spent it in the library studying for my classes. This paid
off for me for I got the first straight A report card ever.
I saw Missy
every so often, but the only time I spoke to her was in the soda shop.
figure out why she disliked me so much. I
had never intentionally done anything to harm her. I guess some people just tick others off for
Then came graduation
day. I picked up my gown and the wind
was blowing and as I rounded the corner the wind blew the gown over my face and
I bumped into someone. As I unwound the gown from my eyes I realized I had
bumped into Missy.
We stared at
each other for what seemed to be a long time and then I apologized to her for
bumping in to her. Then she surprised me by speaking to me in a normal voice
and said, “You are graduating today with honors I hear.”
I said, ‘Yeah
I guess so.” and turned to go when she said, “I’m sorry.”
words I never had heard her say.
Several years of things that had happened
flashed through my mind and I wondered which one she was talking about or was
she just setting me up for some kind of insult.
She went on
and said, “I’m sorry for being so mean over the years and causing you to lose
know what to say to that.All the years
I had known her she never acted like that.
I said, “Thank
you but it was my fault in both cases.”
She said, “My
father and mother are coming to your graduation and if you don’t object I will
I said, “Sure
I would be honored to have you all there.”
“Are you going to continue your schooling.?”
“Yes but only at the local level. I have
applied for some help but so far no one has responded so it will be junior
college at first and then the university if I do well.”
“Do you know
what you are interested in yet?”
looks like political science and perhaps law school after that.”
of law would you go into?”
whatever would pay my bills but my preference would be a defense attorney.”
most of it is finalized through negotiation and it gives you a chance to argue
your points and I like to do that.”
She said, “You
never argued with me when I was wrong.”
it’s like this, as long as I let you win you went away happy, but if I had
argued with you and won you would have hated me even more and I didn’t want
that;It wasn’t that I didn’t have any
feelings to be hurt I just didn’t want to make you feel the way I did.
there was your father and mother to consider so I let you vent yourself in my
direction hoping you would grow out of that attitude eventually.
When I was let go that solved my problem and I
hoped it made you feel better. Anyway that is all behind us if you want it to
be and we can have a new start.”
She began to
cry and said; “What must you have thought of me acting so mean like that?What made it so much worse was I really did
like you and when you told those men you were my boyfriend I couldn’t handle it
for that would have made me look far worse than I was.
No one would
treat a friend the way I treated you.”
I had to
settle these issues once and for all so I said, “Are you ready to start over? Because I am - - -.”
She said, “I
would like to just be friends if that is okay with you,” and she gave me a hug.
I knew then that
the past was over for she would never let me this close to her before.