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Trading Stickers for Love -- Writer's Poke #95

For Writers:

In grade school, I was, shall we say, "socially awkward." Of the 60 kids in the two 5th grade classes at Hawthorne, only 4 were ever considered to be "dating." Dating in grade school typically meant just hanging out, and maybe kissing on the swings after school.

Shelley was one of the two girls that "dated," and in one of the periods that she was single, I tried to figure out ways to steal her from her on again, off again boyfriend. The one ace in the hole I had was my prized collection of stickers. Specifically, I had puffy Garfield stickers, and I knew that she liked both stickers and Garfield. It was perfect.

Unfortunately, there was never a right moment to give her my stickers. And, I had a big speech all planned out, too. I was actually going to say something like, "Shelley, as a token of my esteem, please allow me to present you with these puffy Garfield stickers." Yes, I actually thought like that in 5th grade, and I more or less talked like that. As I said, I was not necessarily like other kids.

I knew that my stickers and elequent speech would sweep her off her feet, but as the clock approached 3 p.m. one Friday, I simply couldn't approach her. Instead, I watched her leave the classroom to catch the school bus home, and then I quickly slipped the stickers into her desk.

It was no secret that I had puffy Garfield stickers, and when Monday morning came and she opened her desk, she glanced over at me with a confused look on her face. She thanked me, and nothing more was said. After that, I don't think we exchanged words with each other again until 9th grade.

What is the strangest thing you've ever done to woo another? Were you successful?

"I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty... you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are." -- J.D. Salinger


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