Tuesday, September 12, 2006
New Beginning 111
Thirty years had passed. The yearbook had been handled often, and not gently.
Luke stood in line at the copy store and drew the tattered book out of its plastic bag. He studied the soft cover with a warm feeling of nostalgia. A cartoon globe with eyes, hands and feet jogged across the cover's surface, with a toothy smile on its face. A baseball cap perched atop the North Pole and spindly legs supported a pair of oversized sneakers.
Rendered in freehand across the top of the cover were the words Globetrotter – Mallorca, Spain. Drawn beneath the image was the school year 1976-77.
The cover was frayed at the edges. A long rip almost severed it, and it was barely held together by yellowing cellophane tape. The creases and stains made it almost unrecognizable, but he figured it was worth saving.
He glanced at his watch for the fifth time. He examined the embossed leather band. It looked like alligator skin, though Luke was sure it wasn't. The Roman numerals on its face still made him grin after all these years. He liked the distinction they brought to the watch. The deep brown leather matched his eyes, or so Lisa had told him. There was even a small grease spot by the clasp, a souvenir from Luke's ill-fated attempt to change a tire.
On the back of the watch was the inscription he had memorized long ago: Good luck son. We love you. Mom and Dad. The second hand swept through its annular path. Beneath it, the other hands seemed not to move at all, so slowly did they progress.
Suddenly his attention was drawn, for the third time today, to the bandaid on his thumb.
Opening: Chumplet.....Continuation: Kathleen B.
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