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Posted Oct 4 2017 by in True North with 4 Comments

Fall; October; football; high school; Homecoming – do you remember your first high school sweetheart?  High school is a very special and memorable time for teenagers; it certainly was for me.  And I always enjoyed the autumn season when I was in high school – Homecoming; Halloween; dating; parties (most chaperoned, some not).

Forty-seven years ago, this very time of the year, I asked the prettiest girl in my high school out on a first date.  I guess it went well enough because here we are forty-seven years later and I’m still awe-struck by the glow of her beauty.

I hope you enjoy this opening to Chapter XII True North, of my book, The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective © as much I enjoyed writing it:

Dedicated to… a crisp night in October; with a slight breeze blowing through bare trees – waiting for the coming winter.   Close your eyes.  Can you smell remnants of autumn leaves burning?

To winning the homecoming football game.  To being carefree. To a Saturday night party at the teenager’s house whose parents are away.  Can you hear the kids having fun in the kitchen; the basement; and the backyard, all to the beat of the Rolling Stones?

To couches, blue jeans and sweaters.  To the floor lamp reflecting on her blond hair making it shimmer with silvery streaks of light.  To the nervous small talk of a teenage boy in the presence of a varsity cheerleader.  To the patience of the teenage girl sitting on the couch with the captain of the varsity basketball team.  Can you remember when you could actually hear your heart throbbing?

To throw pillows, which come in handy when the small talk runs out – what else can a young boy do?  And to playful pillow fights; which lead to gentle wrestling and ultimately to that first kiss. Remember how delicate she felt in your arms – the hint of her perfume – the taste of her lips?

To first dates – dinner and a movie.  To the movie Catch 22 and the Oriental Theatre in downtown Chicago.  To dating the prettiest girl in your high school; to falling in love; to asking her father’s permission for her hand in marriage.  Were you ever so nervous?

To the tears welling up in my eyes even as I write this short memoire.  To all those emotions; all the happiness; all those hopes and all those dreams; some fulfilled, some yet to be; and all that I can remember today as if it just happened yesterday – that I will remember everyday, as long as I live.  How can someone be so lucky?

To 1970 – and that Saturday night in October in Elmhurst where I kissed Debbie for the very first time.  And to the friend’s house whose parents were out – to their couch, their floor lamp, to their throw pillows; and to the Rolling Stones music.  Can you imagine being so young, so infatuated, and so in love?  I still am.

Gary A. Pokorn

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4 Comments


  1. Harley Knosher
    Oct 04, 2017

    Gary,

    Peg was 14 when we started going steady in Sept. of 1950. So it is 67 years ago for us and I can still remember all the same kind of things you mentioned. For me right now those memories are a real blessing. I certainly enjoy your writings.
    Love,
    Harley


    • Gary
      Oct 13, 2017

      Thanks Coach! Thoughts and prayers from Debbie and me for Peg’s full recovery. Luv, Gary


  2. Gary Rusch
    Jan 12, 2018

    Gary,

    Sitting here on a Friday afternoon and googling names from high school out of sheer boredom and I came across this. The fact that you and Debbie are still together after all these years is the absolutely coolest thing I’ve heard in a long, long time. Congrats!

    The Dude

    P. S. I’m sure I was at that party…. lol!


    • Gary
      Jan 17, 2018

      Dude! Great to hear from you!!! Thanks for finding my little ditty online and thanks for commenting too! And yes – I bet you were there too LoL! Thx, GAP

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