'Member how I said before that I was hoping to rake a few embers from my past to see if I could find a date?
Well, I found an ember that seems a little warm.
He found me on FB. His name is Mark.
Way back when I was 18 or so, I worked at a Pizza parlor in my town. All day long on weekends and after school there was a boy-about 12 years old or so that used to hang out and play video games--Pac Man and Centipede were big then. It was obvious that he had a big crush on me. But please. He was 12. Just a kid. But a sweet kid, did well in school and he played the piano beautifully too.
Eventually I left the pizza parlor. He visited me a few times at the video store where I next worked and then we lost touch.
I do remember one time--he had come to my house. He must have been about 16-17 years old by then. My parents weren't home. And so my brother, sisters and Mark decided to play a drinking game: Quarters. Our drink of choice that evening was Peppermint Schnapps. Well, if you've ever had schnapps, you know you won't be playing quarters long before everyone is slap-happy and slurring. I don't remember much about anyone else, but I do remember that my balance was WAY off, I hit my head on the floor at some point, and then I was upstairs with a quite, ummm, well, determined Mark, doing something most parents expressly tell their kids NOT to do. I couldn't believe I was doing it either--with this kid who suddenly looked and acted so..... grown up! I don't remember much else, except there was more than the usual fumbling with a condom....
I think that's the last time I'd heard from Mark. It's also the last time I've EVER touched Peppermint Schnapps.
But now he's in his 40's, older and wiser and probably a lot more interesting than he was at 16. He never married or had kids (and sounded a little regretful about that). He still plays piano too. We've made plans for coffee or beer--whatever time of day seemed to match the drink of choice, and catch up.
But he's already starting his emails to me with "Hi Beautiful" so I think this has some potential for fun...and maybe more.