In High School

Over the last few weeks I've been reflecting on my life as an adolescent, and how, being the spotty nerdy creature that I was, I didn't get much attention from the opposite sex. Company, yes, attention, no!

Today I remembered that wasn't entirely true. There was a girl in my class who I used to get along with quite well. She was a little shy, a little quiet, fun, but also a little on the chubby side. That meant that with my teenage boy eyes, I automatically filtered her from my 'potential girlfriend' list.

One year when I was 14 or 15, we went on a school camp to a national park, where we were all camping in tents. We'd set them up, and had to go and get some firewood. I was finishing something off and was by myself. She came up to me and asked if I would like to go with her to collect some firewood.

Her request didn't make it through my 'what would my friends say?' filter. I politely declined, but a few minutes later snuck off to gather firewood by myself.

It was one of those incidents that came out of the blue; it was unusual. I still wonder what she was thinking, and how she might have felt after my answer. Now I think there might have been a lot behind it, and perhaps other things that I missed.
2xRocks 2xRocks
36-40, M
2 Responses Jul 26, 2010

Pam that's a good way of looking at it. My entire life would have been different, I'm sure! <br />
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But I do feel awful now about her ;)<br />
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and of course you're helping...<br />
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LSX I'd accept your offer of firewood collection any day ;)<br />
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Rex - thank you - what were you thinking???? Sometimes the brain is just not in the right gear...