it’d been a few years since the music died i was a senior **** hard as a rock. yep for buddy, jp and richie we sighed when ever we listened to S and J’s “sleep walk.”
back in the days of crisp clean air the colors of fall and new school year. still living at home with nary a care just thinking of sports and the crowd’s wild cheer.
gone in a flash the summer past we lived so fast life couldn’t keep up. trips to the lake, two bucks for gas saturday night’s dance and dragging the gut.
this was our life most all that we knew we didn’t see where our futures would lie. our harvest jobs got our new clothes for school while our parents pitched in for the car’s we’d drive.
first day of school we checked out the class all with their bronze summer tans. that’s when I saw this cute texas lass with the very strange name, jimmie-lynn.
a few of my buddies had steadies you see they never had to want for a date. but getting a girl was much harder for me for shy and unskilled I accepted my fate.
we went undefeated three weeks in the season for the schools pride I was good at the game. as the team’s co-captain there wasn’t a reason that for jimmie-lynn’s heart I’d turn up so lame.
then with the help of a friend’s girl friend i got to meet this girl of my dreams. i felt so nervous I wanted to run not knowing then I was the end in her scheme.
seems that she’d seen me the first day of school with my curly blonde hair and dark brown eyes. she couldn’t understand why I didn’t have a girl and she really couldn’t see why I was so shy.
she was warm and friendly, and I soon felt at ease word’s leaped from my mouth I’d never before used like “whatcha doin’ after the game friday night,” and “wanna go for pizza” or “what ever you choose.”
the days flew by and friday night came the night air was cold and the crowd was wild. and playing for jim I had my best game with skill and speed and fierceness unbridled.
after the game a quick shower and change into my chevy reaching under the seat. my trusty jade east for the dance at the grange and off to chick’s drive in, my jimmie to meet.
my home town was small didn’t have far to drive the place was hoppin’ and inside was packed. take a minute, calm down, and spot jimmie I thought but with a hero’s welcome couldn’t help but be jacked.
we soon found ourselves off and alone we just sat and talked three hours on end. then jimmie told me she had to get home she’d be going home with her sister and friends.
i asked her to the movies for the following night, with yes she leaned in and gave me a kiss. it was short but sweet. this was all that I knew, not knowing before just what I had missed.
it’s been fourty some years since that october night a lot of life’s river’s passed over the falls. and though we’ve long since gone each our own way i’ll think of that sixty third fall most of all.