Saturday, July 13, 2013

Stories I Wrote etc. #2 (250=1)

 Stories I Wrote etc. #2

 She Might Be In Tangier

There was this girl in high school.

I wanted her to sign my yearbook. I mean, I wanted to do more than that, too, but also I wanted her to sign my yearbook.

It began with wanting her to look at me. Like in math class. I'm not sure why she would have looked at me, as I sat in back, to the left of her, so she would have had to look away from the teacher, away from the chalkboard, away from everything, really, to look at me.

What would it be like, having someone look away from everything to look at me?

I'd've asked her to prom, but then I didn't.

A bunch of people did sign my yearbook. I was looking at it last week, when I got out of the hospital. Most of the names I don't even recognize. Some of the handwriting I can't read. It's weird, the things you remember once you find out you're going to die. Of course, we always know we're going to die, but we don't know know it. Until one day we do know it, for sure, and then maybe our minds don't know what to do with that information, so they just look for other stuff to play with, facts, pictures, whatnot.

In fact maybe she did sign my yearbook, one of the names I can't read. But I'm pretty sure she never turned to look at me.


In 250=1, I write stories that are exactly 250 words long, including the title.  And some of them, like this, I dictate as I drive to and from work, so there's that.  Here's a list of all the 250-word stories I've written.


Andrew Leon said...

I didn't even bother with my high school yearbooks. Sometimes, I wish I had, but, mostly, I don't care. And I knew then that I wouldn't care, now, which is why I skipped the $100+ for the yearbook each year. Especially since that was money that would have had to have come from my own pocket, and I didn't feel like spending money on something I wouldn't care about in 5 years. Instead, I spent my money on things like Sandman #1, which I still care about more than 20 years later and am infinitely happier to have, now, than a yearbook, since I wouldn't have had any reason to have Neil Gaiman sign my yearbook but had every reason to have him sign Sandman.

Pat Dilloway said...

Ugh, yearbooks. Those and class rings were two of the most annoying things about high school. I rarely bothered to ask anyone to sign mine after like 9th grade. My parents paid for them so I still got them. I think I still have them in a box, not that I ever feel the need to get them out.

Though my favorite Simpsons episode is the one where Lisa is bummed no one will sign her yearbook; I suppose I identified with that. But no one ever plastered sea life over my dad's car.

Briane P said...

I only bought one yearbook, mostly because I felt I had to. I'm not sure who signed it. But it didn't cost ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. Geez, Andrew, somebody was making a mint off your school.

I agree about class rings. I never got it. I don't really feel any allegiance to the Class of 1987. We just all happened to be 17ish at around the same time in about the same place. I'm not comfortable with forming lifelong bonds created by happenstance. It's the same reason why I question people's allegiance to sport teams based solely on geographical proximity.

Andrew Leon said...

Our yearbooks were, I think, the most expensive in the city, but they weren't that much more than the other schools'. I guess someone was just making a mint off of our city.

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