When she walked away, the man who she had been talking with smiled and then acknowledged to me that the two of them had gone to high school together. Then with some degree of melancholy and a smile he said, “Every time I see her I still see her as I did in our senior year, 1960. She was the prettiest cheerleader I think I ever saw. Still to this day when I see or think of her, it is how she looked back then.” I smiled and affirmed his feelings. I think we all understood what he had said and maybe even a bit of what he left unsaid. I got the feeling there was more behind his smile and her touch as she touched him gently on his shoulder when she walked away.
You know there are some people who are or were once a part of our lives that we never forget and regardless of time, they will always appear in our minds as they first did. Even if it was many summers ago. As Conroy said,
“Glowing with radiant youth until the day we die.”
August 19, 2014