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Monday morning – May 11

It’s a little after seven, everyone in my apartment is asleep. Mom, my sister and older brother.

Our windows are wide open. Mom keeps them open during the night so we can get a breeze through the apartment. The back window in the kitchen stays open as well as the three windows facing ninth avenue.

At about 7:20 Maureen catches the 69 bus for school across the street,  outside Rae and Otto’s. I am thinking of going downstairs to say hi.  In case you don’t know by now, Maureen is my girlfriend.

I love seeing her in the morning. She’s a junior at Saint Saviour high school down on eighth avenue.  They make the students wear uniforms. To me that’s crazy.

I wanna walk her to school but I always chicken out.

Crossing ninth avenue I see her standing with a friend. They’re talking, Maureen laughs. She is always laughing. I love her laugh. A few cars zoom by as I jog across the busy avenue.

“Hi,” I uttered.

“Hey, good morning,” she says as she displays her gorgeous smile. Clearly she is surprised to see me. Normally I would be on the train headed to school.

I keep walking towards Rae’s.

Over my left shoulder I can see Maureen and her friend looking at me as I enter the empty store.

Otto, the tall German man is behind the counter looking right at me. Every time I go in the store he hawks me. Don’t really know what his problem is. Just leave me alone dude.

Bending over and picking up a Daily News I take a quick peek outside and see Maureen and her friend get on the bus. We make eye contact, she smiles and then waves.

Stupid me shows no reaction. Why don’t I wave back?

The bus pulls away and I hand Otto thirty-five cents for the newspaper.

Not before I give Otto a dirty look and mumble under my breath.

Here you go asshole. 

Walking out of the store I watch the bus roll towards 16th street and around the circle.

Why can’t I get up the courage to ask Maureen if her and I can walk to school together? I’m sure she would.

I walk back up to my apartment, sit at the kitchen table and read the sports section.

Great, the Rangers tied the series with the Caps, now they come back to the Garden for Game 7, Wednesday night.