It’s not just that she was late for class. It’s that she was twenty minutes late for class. It’s that when she finally made her appearance, she had her headphones on and she kept her headphones on. It’s that she flitted into the room twenty minutes late, headed straight up to the front of the classroom, and crashed her things down into the seat right next to mine.
It’s all of those things but it is none of those things, really, because it’s what she did next that is the reason I am telling you this.
She sat. She put her booted feet up onto the chair so that her chin rested on her knees. She pulled her hands up into the sleeves of her sweatshirt so that only her very fingertips poked out. Then she pushed her thumbs through a well-worn tear in each sleeve just behind the elastic band at the wrist and she left them there.
She did this automatically. This was a habit for her. This was her everyday manner of wearing a sweatshirt.
With her thumbs sticking out through the tears in the shirt and her fingertips barely showing out the ends of the sleeves, it created an impression that she was wearing fingerless gloves. But she was not wearing fingerless gloves!
This was adorable.
She was adorable. She was adorable and I had to put my head down on my desk in order to catch my breath.
I spent the rest of the class period like this, with my head down, attempting to come up with my opening line to her. I finally came up with this: “Do you want to hear a story I’ve been working on?” I would say that, and then I would tell her my story about the things that live in the walls. Your walls and my walls, too. The things with tentacles that live in all of the walls and watch us through the cracks.
It is a good story and it would probably not have been too weird for a girl who wore her sweatshirt like this girl wore her sweatshirt. But then class ended and something went wrong with my plan and I wound up forgetting my line and just saying hi.
I said hi and then she said hi and I did not get a gay vibe off of her at all.
Her name was Madison and I met her in my Spanish class on Wednesday night and she is adorable.