It was March 1982. We where all in NJROTC heading to Great Lakes, Ill to the Naval training center for a Week of how it feels to be a recruit.
It was my senior Year of High School and her junior Year.
I was 18 and she, 16.
The Bus ride was boring and while sitting there I kept noticing this Girl, her name, Karla. I'd noticed her before but hadn't really though much of her because she was so beautiful and I was just a puddgy electronics nerd. I'd remembered seeing her come into class with her Friends and think what a knockout. I'd given up trying to impress Girls anymore because of such a low oppinion of myself and being made fun of when I did so it was easy for me to just shrug my sholders and go about my busness but this Time was different, this Time I really looked at her. She was sitting alone and I could tell she wasn't the giggling cut up I'd always seen come into class. This Time I saw her, really saw her, because she thought no one was looking.
The more I sat there the more I wanted to go talk to her, but Ididn't. I finnaly got up the corage and started walking towards her Seat but as I got there my Stomach turned from fear and as I looked down at her she smilled and I smilled back. Then I kept walking to the Bathroom at the back of the Bus.
My best Friend at the Time though I was beng stupid so he came up with the idea to go sit with her and then make an excuse for me to come sit with them, thus help me break the Ice so to speak. Up untill that Time I'd talked his Ear off about how beautiful she was and how I felt something for her. I even told him that if given the chance we would make a great couple.
Well, he went to sit with her and after what seemed an eternity he came back and said we had to talk. He said no hard feelings but after talking to her he started to like her allot, so much for best friends...
I remember going out with them and thinking if I hadn't been so backward that would have, no, of he had been a real Friend then I should have been where he was at.
Over the next Year I saw him put her through all kinds of hell and it tore me apart. I stayed his Friend because I saw it as the only way I'd ever get to see her, silly isn't it? After a while I just couldn't take it anymore and I broke off the friendship because I could no longer stand to see what was going on.
After a while I heard they'd broke up so I went to see her, talk to her, tell her how I felt. By the Time I did it was too late. She was seeing someone else and before I could get the courage up I heard that they where getting married, she was pregnant and they had moved to Texas, a Thousand Miles away.
Now it's 24 Years later. I found her agoin through Classmates. When I opened the e-mail from her and ralized who it was I dropped my Laptop on the Floor! After a few e-mails she gave me her number and we talked for hours. I found out that she wasn't pregnant and that her so called husband to be tricked her and once he got her to Texas he never intendd to marry her. She live with him for 20 Years and after she gave birth to a wonderful baby Girl he lost interest and became very abusive.
After leaving him, 4 Years later I went to get them and bring them back Home to Ky. We've been married for over 2 Years now and I guess the moral to this story is never give up hope. Finnaly after 24 Years I married my first and only love.