Running In The Rain
I met Bobby when I was 9 years old. We were in the same class in grade 4. At that time, I developed a little girl crush on him, which was not reciprocated, but he did decide I was good enough to have as a best friend; even better, in my opinion.
When we were in grade 5, my family moved away, and I thought that was the end of my friendship with Bobby. We moved to a different city, I would be going to a different school, and I thought he was lost to me forever. But, I was wrong. Not long after we moved, his family did too, so by grade 6, we had reconnected. Our friendship was solid. We fell back into the same easy camaraderie as we had enjoyed in grade 4 and 5. Life was good.
One early summer evening, we were walking together, going to a school dance. As he had to pass my place to get there, he had stopped by and picked me up and we were to meet our friends at the school. We were both all dressed up and feeling pretty spiffy.
Suddenly the sky darkened and thunder rolled and the rain came down in buckets. Bobby grabbed my hand and said, "Let's run." So we ran. I thought we were running to find some shelter from the rain. I was wrong.
"Look up!" He yelled.
"It's raining!" I hollered back at him.
"Yes, I know!" he laughed. "Look up. It's great. I love this."
"You're crazy!" I laughed back at him, but I looked up.
And he was right. It was great. The rain soaked us and we ran. Holding hands and laughing, we ran.
By the time we arrived at the school, we were soaked through to the skin. Our clothing was clinging to our bodies. Our shoes squished with every step. Our hair hung in wet strands down our faces and necks and dripped all over the place; and still we laughed. He reached for me and hugged me and picked me up in his arms and swung me around, laughing and dripping and saying; "That was the most fun I ever had."
You know something; looking back............I can honestly say..............it was the most fun I had ever had, as well. We looked like drowned kittens, my hairdo was all gone, but I was happy.
Bobby is still my friend. We have been friends now, for 58 years. This is still one of my favourite memories.