“So, do you remember that one summer”, I said inquisitively.
“Which one ? I guess we have known each other long enough to have just one summer.”
I smiled, thinking how he doesn’t even remember my adolescence persona and yet he fakes remembrances. I was left wondering, if he had seen the transition, he would have been in one major shock. But, then some things are for good. I decided to tease him further.
” O really? then remind me one childhood memory ?”
“Hmmm….too many dear….that one you remember….when we went “, he fumbled to say
“hhahahhahhahaha” I returned a loud laughter.
“You still make fun of me all the time “, he said jostling away the coffee mug in a childish manner.
I smiled even more as I decided to finally give the gift I got for him .
“Read this” , I said handling an envelop to him.
“What is this now?”, he said annoyed.
“I am sure you will smell the fragrance of your favorite coffee as you read this. “
He curiously opened the envelop of his memories, our childhood and few remnants we left in the patio of innocence.
You don’t remember our first smile, don’t you?
And that summer of memories we created with one ball,
Basketball it was , and we mixed it with some music,
Amusing ? But then you had your guitar for it.
Hold on to your heart and don’t be so surprised.
I still remember that cap and even that old car,
From which you waved even when running late,
Yes I owe your sisters this one for being kids.
My school bus could never arrive till you passed,
And day wasn’t complete till I was teased.
I was just creating some smiles to last.
You were making friendships in silly loves.
Then summer vacations made its own way.
Which made us take our long break.
But then I found the way to the court,
To play some charming games you liked.
Yellow it was? Your shirt smartest silly,
And you said how it has been a long time,
I laughed questioning that way of yours,
When you smiled to say, here idiot.
Then we grew bit more, and hormones acted,
On me and not you, and today I confess.
I know this will be a big surprise,
But then, that one moment changed it all.
Remember those summer classes ? algebra and me?
And then I met your arrogant brother once,
Maybe you knew about my presence or I presumed
And came with an excuse no one really believed.
That one drive was all that was required.
I looked my worse self and yet the excuses worked.
Dawn happened at dinner time I didn’t know.
Nor did I know that you visit friends without calls.
I know it was charming and beautiful but we whispered,
To know more than the years in those few minutes,
Blushing our heart away even no names were known,
To create pedestals to last a full life time.
Then, children became adult and life really happened,
I still laugh thinking of it all and thanking stars,
For keeping it just as a good memory without a story,
Or I wouldn’t have smiled narrating to my first crush.
“Wow, so you were that girl…I guess even I had…..”
“Shhh…..say nothing…..let it stay as a beautiful memory”
“Nope…Maya might be coming…lets order some food”
“You are crazy”, he said smiling
“If I wasn’t. We wouldn’t have been best friends still? right? “, said the smiles
“Raul is a lucky man”
“I know, ” I said and pulled his nose to tell how the chemistry stays the same.
“Ouch. It hurts”
“What?the crooked nose”
“Youuuuuuuuuu, ” he said , simultaneously raising the envelop to hit me.
I smiled realizing how the rest of the story still had him and me together in the best possible way.
I thought , how some stories are best if we don’t change their memories and status and leave them as they were meant to be written. It was a similar case between he and she, two best friends , married to two different people, who crushed on each other and still remained best of friends, making the world smile with their stupid antics.