I. It was Junior High, I remember. You had the house at the corner down the street from the high school, (our family drove by it a thousand times before I knew you), the house with the little brown playhouse in the backyard. What a lucky girl must live there, I thought, every time.
II. I remember you were the first to have a car. (I remember it like it was a long, red two-door.) We used it to drive to the north county mall to learn what curising was about. Turns out it was about cars, not boys.
III. I remember you introduced me to Donna who introduced me to Nellie who introduced me to Lisa. I remember we ate salads and worried about our painted nails.
IV. I remember you standing in the hallway of the purple lockers as our friendship wobbled those years I struggled to find my footing. I remember feeling guilty.
V. I have no memory of the day we met. I just remember you girls were from another grade school and coming into your circle entailed surprise slumber parties in your carpeted basement, the kind of basements midwesterners called “finished.”
I do remember distinctly this, deep in my chest, the first time I walked down those stairs knowing the surprise was for me and feeling very special for the very first time.
These poems for NaPoWriMo were inspired by a poem I did years ago for my friend Michelle after hearing she passed away, 30 poems for inspiring women connected to me. The title now says "33 Women" because the poem to Michelle poem had already been written as well as two prologues I posted March 31.
See Mandy here! http://www.marymccray.com/33-women.html#donna-nathleen-mandy