I remember it only took him a few minutes to decide he liked her. They’d said maybe three words to each other, but you could tell her image had already been super glued to the inside of his head. It was kind of ridiculous, actually. He was thirteen years old, at this summer camp for the first time in his life, and he’d already decided he was in love with her? I’d only known in him for a few minutes as well, but I didn’t think I’d want to talk to him any more. I mean, he seemed to me like one of those sappy guys. You know, the ones that fall too hard, too quickly? The ones that seem almost as boy crazy as a 15 year old girl who’s just had her first kiss. Anyways, I just kind of smiled and nodded, went along with it. But the thing was, I wasn’t used to any guy talking about a girl like that. He didn’t call her hot, he didn’t comment on how she looked in her bikini, and not once did he imply something sexual about her.
He just kept going on, and on, and on, about her laugh, her eyes, her smile, her hair, her voice-you get the picture. And really, do you blame me for thinking he was crazy? No one does that. I hadn’t met the girl, but I couldn’t imagine ever describing someone I’d just met like that.
”Look,” he whispered, ”that’s her. By the hot dogs.”
”Real descriptive,” I responded, ”there’s about a hundred girls standing over there.”
”No, see? She’s that one. You see her, right?”
I didn’t. At that time, she just blended in with everyone else. A while later, I went up to her and told her my friend Ryan liked her. First she looked confused.
”Sorry,” she said, ”I just got here, I don’t really know anyone. Which one’s Ryan?”
”The one over there,” I responded, trying to point him out, ”Uhh, well I think he might be putting his stuff away, but he was over there.”
She giggled. ”Uhm, okay then!” She turned to her friends. ”I’ll try not to make a bad first impression.” Then, laughing, she went on, ”Who knows, maybe we’ll get married.”
I’ve thought of that day every time I’ve seen the two together. It’s been ten years, and at this point I can say with confidence, that she is a certifiable psychic, and he is the happiest man on earth. Cheers.