How did the "cool kids" from high school turn out?
When I went to my 20-year high school reunion, I had one goal … to see again the girl of my dreams, whom I met in 7th grade and adored in both junior high and high school. Her name was Kathy Gardiner. I never had the guts to ask her out. I called her in 7th grade when my crush first began, but my sister overheard our conversation, and the conversation ended abruptly when my sister kept calling me “kissy boy” while I was on the phone.
At the time of my 20-year reunion, I was a columnist for my town’s newspaper and I wrote, before the reunion, about my crush on Kathy, in an article titled, “The Girl in the Red Dress.” Kathy saw the newspaper column and, when I saw her at my reunion, she told me, “That was hot!”
Her comment healed my years of pain and anguish over her, and I felt I could let the relationship go now (as we were both married). We never talked again, but I was finally at peace about my unrequited love for her.