Yesterday, I told you about Earl. Bush Babe said, "bet the bullies all gave you some space after that!" Nope, actually not. The bullies got their revenge. They convinced Earl that I was in love with him and too shy to talk to him. Earl began to talk to me, and I talked back to him because I felt sorry for him. But he began to follow me everywhere to talk, and finally he got down on one knee in front of my locker and asked me to marry him and gave me a plastic ring from a gumball machine. The halls were packed and everyone was laughing, the bullies the loudest of all. I cried again. From embarrassment that time (and it shames me how embarrassed I was), and because I felt so bad to tell Earl no, and hurt his feelings.
Our high school was very small, but very mean. And you know what, folks...high schools are still pretty mean.