40 years later
by michael estabrook
Linda does not remember Pattiâ€™s boyfriend Bob
being at Pattiâ€™s Sweet Sixteen Party
or that Bob was even her boyfriend at the time.
â€œI donâ€™t remember that,â€ she muses
after I ask her about it.
But Patti must know if her own â€œboyfriendâ€
was at her Sweet Sixteen Party or not.
â€œYeah, he was there, but he left early.
He was a bastard,â€ she states matter-of-factly,
and Iâ€™m more than happy to agree with her.
It would take another 9 months
before I got enough courage to ask her out,
but at least Bob, handsome, personable
(and obviously clueless) Bob, wasnâ€™t in the way.