When I got to his side to help him shove a box forward, the poor boy was so
exhausted that he just moved aside and let me take over.
Mr. Loski didn't want me to help, but at least I saved Bryce.
I'd been in the moving van all of three minutes when his dad sent him off to help his mother unpack things inside the house.
I chased Bryce up the walkway, and that's when everything changed.
You see, I caught up to him and grabbed his arm, trying to stop him so maybe we could play a little before he got trapped inside, and the next thing I know he's holding my hand, looking right into my eyes.
My heart stopped. It just stopped beating.
And for the first time in my life, I had that feeling.
You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you, and you're floating. Floating in midair.
And the only thing keeping you from drifting away is the other person's eyes.
They're connected to yours by some invisible physical force, and they hold you fast while the rest of the world swirls and twirls and falls completely away.
I almost got my first kiss that day. I'm sure of it.
But then his mother came out the front door and he was so embarrassed that his cheeks turned completely red, and the next thing you know he's hiding in the bathroom.
I was waiting for him to come out when his sister, Lynetta, saw me in the hallway.
She seemed big and mature to me, and since she wanted to know what was going on, I told her a little bit about it.
I shouldn't have, though, because she wiggled the bathroom doorknob and started teasing Bryce something fierce.
“Hey, baby brother!” she called through the door, “There's a hot chick out here waiting for you! What’s the matter? Afraid she's got cooties?”
It was so embarrassing!
After that Mom and I went home.
I fell asleep that night thinking about the kiss that might have been.
What did a kiss feel like, anyway? Somehow I knew it wouldn't be like the one I got from Mom or Dad at bedtime.
Looking back on the second grade, I like to think it was at least partly scientific curiosity that made me chase after that kiss, but to be honest, it was probably more those blue eyes.