A Story of Childhood Love

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I was in eighth grade when I started this writing and just now finished it. I never knew that I was going to be in a Military relationship later on down the road. When I started to read it over again it reminded me of my best friend Ryan; who is also my boyfriend and is in the Army National Guard.

Submitted: June 17, 2014

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Submitted: June 17, 2014

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I go back in time when we were young and in love. I saw the world through your eyes. I remember running bare foot through the tall grass and wild flowers. I think of you chasing me around the tree and then you grabbing my hand. I tried to run but I couldn't.
Then I fell, and you laughed at me and then we both started laughing I remember when you left and I went inside my room and turned my music up loud and laid on my bed and I cried so hard that it hurt. I remember lying there and tasting the salty tears run into my mouth.
I could not bare the thought of losing you. We were best friends when we were little and I remember our mamas talking about us growing up and falling in love. I remember my dad saying to me “that boy is going to grow up and be trouble”. 
Now look we are in high school and you have moved on. I never quit thinking about us being little and our mamas saying they’re going to fall in love one day. You were always on my mind even though you had a girlfriend. A few years later I found out you had got your license and you were crazy.
Going to parties and hanging out with the guys on the weekends and going to the movies, All you thought about was Friday and the weekend. Then, came summer you are driving all the guys around and going to the beach. You were fresh out of high school and wild.
A few days later I heard the news that you got a girl that you liked so much. I heard ya’ll had gone to the beach together and I wondered why it had to be her. Why could it not have been me? I was so hurt yet I felt happy for you.
As I just stood there shocked by the news I went back in time when I looked into your beautiful brown eyes. I wanted so hard to be your girl. Weeks passed by and I heard you were in town. Finally, I was over you and now here you are returning back to your old home town.
Summer, finally passed by and the first day of high school there was a crowed in the lobby. I was with a whole bunch of friends; and you walked up. At first you did not say anything and you turned your head and I saw a black haired girl whispering and you just got an upset look in your eyes.
I just smiled and you gave me a smile back. Finally, you asked me how my summer was and we just started talking about summer, friends, and partying. You walked me to my homeroom class and then gave me a hug and left. After school right when I was getting on the bus I heard someone yell my name and I turned around and there I saw you.
You told me to get in your truck that you would take me home. On the way home you said softly that “I kind of looked upset” and you asked me “what was wrong”. “I could not deal with the thought of liking you when I was little and now growing up and you having a girlfriend” I told him.
He found an old gravel road and drove down it and I asked him “where are we going this is not the way to my house” and you replied “I have to show you something”. I got butterflies in my stomach and you turned your truck off and slid over and kissed me. 
I was so upset that I started crying and you put your arms around me and wiped my tears away. At once I felt like this is the perfect guy that I have been looking for. You just held me in your arms and told me that my mom did not care if I was kind of late coming home from school. We just sat in your truck cuddled up together and you put on some slow country music. Finally you looked me in the eyes and you asked me what was wrong. 
I told you that I thought you had a girlfriend and you told me that she was not what you had been looking for and you were waiting for me! Suddenly I realized that you had never really moved on and you told me that you used to think about when we were little and being together. 
I just smiled and leaned over and you kissed me again. You told me that my mom would be expecting me anytime I just looked over at you and smiled and said “I thought you said my mom would not mind if I was home a little late”. You just laughed at me and grabbed my hand and held it.
We turned down my driveway and you pulled up to my house. You walked me to the door and my mom came and called my dad and they just smiled because we were together and my mom said “when we were little that when we got older we would be falling for each other”. My dad was shocked because he had always told me to stay away from you.
Finally, my mom invited you to eat dinner with us and you stayed and helped me with my homework and we went outside. Where there used to be the field with grass and wildflower’s there was a pasture there now.
You took my hand and led me to a creek and we lay on the creek bank together looking up at the sky and you told me that you wanted this to last forever! As we were walking back to the house to eat dinner you took your high school ring off of your finger and slipped it on to mine and you told me that your high school ring would have to do for now. 
When we got inside we ate dinner and then my dad and you walked to his shop. I looked out the window and saw your talking. Later you walked inside and you told me that you needed to talk. We went in my bedroom and you told me that you were going to signup for the army,
At first I begged you not too and you just held me and said” it will be alright”. I could not imagine losing you. I finally had you and did not want anything to hurt you. Finally, you had to go home and you told me to be ready and you would pick me up in the morning to take me to school.
As I was lying in bed that night I thought about finally having you. I thought about you going into the army and how I wanted to tell you that I will support you and I will encourage you to go after your dreams. Finally sleep over took me! 
As I was picking up my book bag I heard you blow the horn. I ran out the door and my mom just stared out the window and waved bye to us and blew me a kiss. On the way to school I told him that I would be his support and help him reach his goals and if going into the army was what he wanted to do I would support him and that I truly loved him. 
He just smiled and told me thanks and that I was perfect for him and he did not want to ever lose me and he wanted to go out before now. He parked his truck in the school parking lot and got out and walked me to home room. I heard all my friends say you’re so cute together and ya’ll are perfect.
Finally class was dismissed and it was Friday! He met me in the office and we walked to his truck. We decided we would go get ice cream and afterwards go to my house to relax and hangout. When we got to the Ice Cream Parlor we ordered what we wanted and sat down and started talking about him going into the army and he said “that he was not going to rush anything with us but he would like to start a family later in life. 
I looked into his eyes and replied “I will support you and be there for you no matter what”. I can’t imagine us breaking up; he is just so perfect in my eyes. The way I see him it’s just so amazing! He treats me so well and we have our arguments but we don’t fight! Plus, everybody has there differences you just have to get past it and not let it affect your relationship.
I thanked God every night for bringing this young man in my life he made such a difference in me. When we got to my house we laid in the hammock and talked about how much we were a like and how our relationship had managed to last this long. I do have to say though that I was kind of worried that it would not have lasted this long. 
I know that is no way to think though about something that is going so well! Hours had passed and then in came a telephone call. As I sat there beside him I wondered what it was about. He finally turned and gave me a look. His eyes just stared to water like he was fixing to cry. He soon got off the phone and leaned over and just held me in his arms. Finally, I asked what the call was all about and he replied in a whimper “that he would be leaving in 3 days to go to Army Basic Training and would be gone for 6 months. 
At that moment tears rolled down my eyes, but he whispered in my ear “it’s only training and I won’t be fighting yet”. He held me tight and I started thinking about how I was going to have to let him to go. I could not stop him from doing something he wanted to do. It dawned on me then that I loved him know matter what he wanted to do and if I tried to talk him out of doing what he wanted to do I would lose him. He needed me there and I was supposed to be his supporter too.
I remember I told him I would let him do whatever his dream was and I would be there for him when things got rough. He just held me in his arms and then kissed my forehead. After a little while, we got up and went inside to eat dinner with my parents. My mom told me I was being really quiet at the table and I just looked up at her and tears rolled down my face.
I ran to the bathroom as fast I could I did not want my parents to see me like this and make them wonder and aggravate me about why I was crying or worst of all blame him! I got a rag and turned on cold water and wet it and then washed my face. I went back downstairs and my parents just stared at me!
Finally, this dinner was over! As I went over to my boyfriend, my mom and dad called me to them. They asked me what was wrong and I told them the horrible news about him leaving in three days to go to Basic Training. It shocked them too! The look on their faces was unbearable. 
My dad ran over to him and gave him a big hug and told him “son thanks for doing this for our country”. After the night was over I just laid in my bed thinking gee tomorrow is the big day. Why does time has to go fly by so fast? I did not think I would be able to ever get sleep that night. I just wanted one more day with him! Why did he have to leave Sunday why could it not have been Monday? Why!?
Sunday morning I woke up to my mom yelling my name saying “come with me to Wal-mart we are having a go away party”. I rushed and on the way out of the house I grabbed my purse. My mom told me on the way to Wal - Mart that they had decided to planned a goodbye party and his friends and family and also mine were coming.
We rushed and got the things we needed at Wal -Mart and then went to Party City to get balloons. We soon were back at home and in no time we were busy decorating the house and my dad got the grill setup. Soon, we heard cars and trucks coming up the driveway and before I knew it he was here!
He looked so handsome in his uniform, but yet he had that sad look in his eyes. I ran up to him and jumped into his arms. I told him my mom was in the house cleaning still and my dad was in the backyard if he wanted to join because I had to go help my mother in the kitchen.
Meanwhile, everyone started showing up and soon everybody was at our house. We went outside and threw water balloons at each other and then played tag. We hung out and had a really great time! Then the sadness came and you could see the tears in almost everyone’s eyes. We ate dinner and then we only had a few hours left till he left to go to the Army Recruiting Center. 
Later, we made a campfire and everyone gathered around and talked about him going into the Army and how great it was. Then, his mom and my mom gathered around the campfire and started talking about us and when we were younger. It kind of embarrassed him because his face turned red, my friends and I just laughed about it.
She even pulled out a picture of us when we were four holding hands in the flower bed. Everyone thought it was so adorable and talked about us at school, and him helping me type my paper for English class and walk me to my other classes. In Physical Education class my other friend mentioned how he would brag that he had the best girlfriend ever.
The custodian even saw him walk down the hallway and asked him how his sweetheart was doing they said “he would just smile and say very well and continue to class”. The teachers even would pick on him when we were in class they would just look at him and say “ya’ll lovebirds quit flirting”. Everyone would just chuckle and say some cute lame comment about us. He was my best friend, the one that I could tell anything too, the smartest boy in class the one who helped me in math when I struggled. When he brushed his fingers through his hair I could not help but smile. He was so perfect I could not have asked for someone better.
Everyone liked him he was really popular and fun to hangout with and was sweet. He loved to pull pranks, which everyone thought was hilarious. Now, I could not live without him at school. I could not imagine not having him to walk me to my classes who help in math and make funny jokes about me. I remember one time he said “I was so blond that he was surprised that I could even count”. I just started laughing and so did everyone else.
I did not know how I was going to go on with my life wondering if he was okay or did he get hurt. Finally, the moment came; everyone had tears in their eyes. It was finally time to tell him to be careful and that we could not wait to see him when he came home. I ran over to him and put my face in his shoulder and cried. I could not bear with him leaving, but he told me he would write to me whenever he could; and he told all of us he loved us and also thanked us for supporting him. He then climbed into his truck and drove away. All of our friends came and comforted me and told me that he would be okay and that he did not like to see me worrying about him even though, I did.
We cleaned up around the campfire and then some people left and some stayed later. I remembered his mom telling me that night after he left how much he liked me and then she finally said “ I knew you to would have ended up together someday it was just a matter of waiting”. I just smiled and gave her a big hug and told her that we were all sad but we could not wait till he would be able to come home. 
Finally, after everyone had left I went inside and got ready for bed, but before I went to bed I got the picture of him and stuck it under my pillow case. I woke to the sound of my alarm going off and the smell of biscuits and bacon. I got dressed and rushed downstairs to hurry and eat breakfast. Soon, I was on my way to school. As I got closer I thought of how everyone would be talking about him and how much they would miss him. I knew today he was going to be the main topic, but I also knew that they would be there for me. As I got out of the car I smiled to my mom and closed the door and walked to the entrance of the school.
As I pulled the door open I felt this emotional feeling over come me. I walked inside an all my friends were rushing to me to give me a hug and tell me it would be okay and they were there for me. I tried not to let the tears fall down but some how they managed to. I walked to my locker with my head down not wanting people to see me crying.
I was not the type of girl that wanted people to see me crying, I was brave and wanted to show everyone that and prove to them that I was. I got my things that I needed out of my locker and I walked to my homeroom. I said “good morning to everyone and just smiled”. We then started talking about when we were all going to hangout and when the teacher was taking attendance I blurted out the homeroom teacher was not here and then she smiled and said “I wish I was not”. I chuckled and replied “I wish I was at home or with my friends shopping or at the movies”. Homeroom always seemed like the longest class but was actually shorter than all my other classes. 
As I was walking down the hallway to my next class with my friends when we ran into my boyfriends’ ex. I just ignored her until she walked past me and turned around and said in a snotty voice “so you’re the fake girl that stole my boyfriend”. At first I ignored her and blew it off until she followed me and replied “you’re so fake, you pretend to be someone you really aren't”. My friends turned around and answered “you’re just jealous that he broke up with you because, you were just mean to him and very controlling”. We just laughed and told my friends thanks for taking up for me but I was a big girl and I could take up for myself.
I then told that girl who thought she was so hot “ you know what I’m not going to waste my time on someone who thinks they are everything and so hot, but really not they are jealous of other people and just try to fit in”. My friends and I just laughed and just walked on. I was not going to let some girl that I didn't like make me late for my next class. Once we got to our next class it went by pretty fast. We had a pop quiz but I passed it with flying colors it was so simple. 
Next, was lunch my favorite part of school, we got too sit with anybody we wanted too and we also could sit outside for lunch. I sat under the tree with all my friends and we talked and ate. After, we got done eating we threw our trash away and chased each other around and picked red berries off of this tree and threw them at each other. Finally, we went back inside where we had two more classes left to go. 
We went to our lockers and got our books for the next two classes. In one class we read and listened to music the whole time the last class we got into groups and worked on a PowerPoint. At last the bell rang and we all ran to our lockers got our books we needed to study and ran out the office door. Standing outside we listened to announcements and then my mom was here to pick me up.
I got in the car and my mom asked me how my day went and I replied “very good yours”? “Great”, she replied and I asked her if I had got anything in the mail knowing I probable wouldn't receive a letter from him for a couple of more days. She said” no I hadn't just give it time and he will write when he can”. I didn't really talk that much on the way home I just mostly listened to my I-pod and text messaged all my friends. When the car came to a stop in my driveway I grabbed my book bag and raced inside towards my bedroom.
I did all of my homework and went outside where my dad was working in his shop and asked him if I could help him with anything? He suggested that I should go and pick the weeds out of our garden and out of the flower bed. So indeed I did that, it took awhile but I wanted something to do and plus that gave him and mom time to do other things and not have to bother with picking weeds. Finally, supper was ready and I always like what mom cooks. Personally, I think that grandma did a fabulous job of teaching mom how to cook. Dad even tells her how she is such a wonderful cook. I told her that she should open a restaurant, but she won’t cause she said” she has too many other things to take care about and she doesn't have time. 
After, dinner was finished I helped mom put the dishes up and then I went to take a shower. After, my shower I put on my pajamas and went to bed. It had been a long night and I was exhausted! I woke up in the morning to dad singing some obvious song and being really loud in the kitchen. I hurried downstairs to where mom was cooking pancakes and eggs. What a wonderful breakfast, I was in the perfect mood for pancakes but not some much for eggs. I guess I was just in the mood for something sugary to start my morning off with. I hurried after breakfast and put my books in my book bag and put my shoes on and hopped in moms’ car. It’s amazing that is takes my mom like 3 hours to put on make-up and it only takes me about 10 minutes. Lastly, here she finally came I do have to say though it may take her longer to put her make-up on but she sure is pretty. 
I do have to give dad credit though that he did good in choosing his wife, even though I may kind of be embarrassed to actually admit that to dad. I would never tell dad how wonderful he did in choosing a wife it just seems like something that I would keep to myself. Anyways, I hope I would get a letter today from my boyfriend I hope that he is happy and okay. I miss him not being with me to walk me to my homeroom class, it’s so different from when my friends and I walk to homeroom there is no joking going on with the homeroom teacher when we walk in. When we would walk in together the teacher would make some comment about how we were the high school sweethearts. 
This morning when I arrived at school I heard that there would be a dance in three weeks. I wondered would he be able to come home to go to the dance with me, he was the only one I would or wanted to go with. I hope he could write to me before the dance and tell me. I knew that he probably wasn't going to be able to come though; his time for leave had not come yet! 


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