I will never forget Tracey W. and that special summer we had riding bikes around town and kissing by the train depot. It was a perfect summer romance. Tracey will always be my first crush and my first boyfriend.
Tracey and I grew up together in small town- Amherst, Ohio. There are photographs in an album at home of him and I sharing a sandbox, playing in the grass and having fun. I honestly didn’t remember much about our childhood playdates. I don’t remember how close our families were or how we spent a lot of time together. The first time that Tracey came on my radar was in junior high. He sat next to me in a class and we got to talking about how we knew each other.
Tracey was a blond Sylvester Stallone or even Joey from Friends. He had those piercing
eyes and casual attitude that said, “Take it or Leave it”. Most of the girls were already in love with him. I remember Missy sitting by us and flirting with Tracey. His smile was reserved but when he really found something funny, his whole face shone like a floodlight. I was so jealous when he’d turn that smile onto another girl.
For weeks, we’d tease around and chat. All the while, I’d watch him go out with a different girl each week. It wasn’t until almost June before he gave me a chance. I wasn’t going to
let that chance go. We would meet in the hallways at school, hold hands before
class and sneak a kiss. On the weekends, we’d ride our bikes to the pool in town and hang out or meet each other at the train depot. It was the joyous feeling of new love. We
thought we’d be together forever.
But like any good love story, something happens and we broke up. We remained friends and still hung out sometimes together, although my feelings never really changed toward him. In our sophomore year of high school, his parents decided to move into a bigger house in a different town. My heart was broken. We wouldn’t be able to ride our bikes and see each other, never to hang out again at the train depot. In fact, that year was the last time I saw Tracey as he played football for the opposing team one night in October.
Fast forward thirty years…Tracey and I haven’t reconnected or been in contact in those years since he moved. I’ve heard from his family but nothing much about him. It is like he is a
missing person these days. We could pass on the street and not know each other. However, I just have to close my eyes and I see his tosseled blond hair, his striking smile and deep blue eyes. It takes me back to junior high school and my youth. And when we have those memories, we are always connected.
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