It was the song from the 80s that I play sometimes and always think of someone who didn't turn out to be my soulmate, but who has been in my thoughts at least once a day, every day, ever since. Not in such a way that it ruins my life, more in a wow, that was a fun memory kind of way. Or yeah, Jeff used to do that, I wonder if he still does. Things like, the Seahawks were his team, or he had a Herschel Walker "You lied like a dawg" t-shirt, or that he would never admit it to his friends but he liked Air Supply.
He and most of his friends were brainy and somewhat immature, in an innocent and sweet way. They weren't out tearing up the neighborhood; they were renting movies, hanging out at houses with pool tables and Ataris, ordering pizza, playing football and/or basketball in the backyard, and collecting comic books. If they were 17 now, they'd be playing video games like my son. It was sort of like a high school version of "The Big Bang Theory." There were a few of us girls who had classes with this crowd. I saw a few of us there today. If girls who hang out with gay men are "f@g hags" (and I apologize for being offensive, I would never refer to a person that way myself, but I have friends who referred to themselves that way) what are girls who hang out with nerds called? They weren't really nerds, at least, I thought they all had good qualities. Brains and wit were far more entertaining than popularity and obsession with looking good.
So today I went to the funeral home to visit a childhood friend, a mutual friend of ours, a former classmate (a grade younger) and even a short-time boyfriend. His mom died on the 17th. I sat next to Jeff, another former classmate a grade younger, longtime friend, former neighbor, and sometimes boyfriend in the old days. I went out with him 3 weeks before I married Randy. Bill said Randy and I were people who needed that time of trial, that idea of, well, we've tried everything else, and this is what's right for us. I guess that was true. We've been together for a long time - and married for 23.5 years.
When you're happy in your relationship, and I am, and I'm pretty sure Randy is too, it's good to see your exes in happy relationships too. I like Jeff's wife. She is so sweet, and she tries to take care of Jeff's dad, and he needs that. I almost wish I could set him up with Mom because they could both use the company. But, he doesn't need to have to take care of anybody and she's not able to. And Bill seems to be happy too. His girlfriend is cute, and seems kind and sweet.
So yeah. I'm happy for them all. Really and truly.