A Kiss—Young Love
Today I was out in my old (1962) corvette, top down, just toolin’ around.
I had Johnny Rivers “Live at the Whiskey A-Go-Go” playing on my car cassette player. Yes I said cassette. They came right after the 8 track players. Which by the way is one of the greatest bits of live music you will ever find. I-Pod that one for yourself. Takes me back to my younger days.
I pulled up to this stop light. Pulling up right behind me I noticed was a young guy and girl. They appeared to me to be in late teens, maybe twenty or so. We waited a while on the light. As I looked in my rearview mirror I saw the two of them sorta lean toward each other and then he gave her a “nice long soft kiss.” (When I told my wife this story she ask “how do you know it was a soft kiss?"–I told her take it from me…I’m not dead…(yet)… I know what a soft kiss is).
As I looked in the rearview mirror I had to smile to myself. As they separated they looked up. I had my top down, I turned in my seat and I gave them a two thumbs up gesture. The fella, he laughed, and taking both hands from the wheel he gave me two thumbs up in return. She smiled big and kinda put her hand up to her face, like “oh my I’m so embarrassed.” (Bet she really wasn’t.)
The light changed and off both of us went. As I drove on I got to thinking to myself why is it that far too often we associate such a gesture as something only for “young love?”
Tomorrow night my wife and are meeting another couple out for dinner and we are drivin’ my old Corvette. Now I’m smiling. Ok you are ahead me aren’t you?
You know what? You guessed it. I hope on the way we get stopped at a light. If we do you know what I’m gonna do?….Oh you know. In fact, if the first light we come to is not red I may just keep drivin’ till I find one that is………….
August 8, 2011