A Kiss and a Woman I Never Forget  

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10/6/2005 11:24 pm

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A Kiss and a Woman I Never Forget


I was living at the beach. It was the late seventies and I had a great place two blocks from the strand. Being young, in rock and roll, and living at the beach.
I was doing my thing in the studio most days and had been asked to teach a couple of night classes at a college I was enjoying the whole thing. Then there was Gloria.
She was a student in my class and it turned out that she lived only a few blocks from me at the beach. I heard her talking about how she had to take a bus downtown to catch a connection back to the beach. It was taking her more than an hour late at night. I offered to drive her home after class but it was all very proper. I never made a pass at her. I do enjoy women but I wasn’t a predator.. She was 23 and needed a ride. This went on for several weeks and the class was coming to an end. I again drove Gloria home. She opened the door of my little Alfa, put one foot outside the car, then stopped. Suddenly she turned around and kissed me.
It was like an electric shock. I don’t think I ever had an experience to rival it. A thrill. She turned hopped out of the car, leaned in, said “Call Me”, and was gone.
I’ve been kissed by more than a few ladies but Gloria jWas totally unique.
We dated for a while. She was tall, thin, and with curled blonde hair, and beautiful eyes. I was stupid. I didn’t think I was ready to settle down and she was looking for more. I didn’t think I had it to give. I was probably right. We stopped seeing each other but when the holidays came around I had a Party and invited every one. I ran into Gloria and asked her to come. It wasn’t a date it but I really like Gloria in so many ways. She had a sweetness as well as beauty and that first kiss lingered, still lingers.
We talked that night and I was nice. I had a group I was producing playing New Years Eve at a club on the pear. I asked her to come and bring in the 1979 with us. She and a girl friend were going to meet a few friend and myself at my place and we’d all go over to the club. I still have a picture that was taken when I stopped by the shop she worked at that afternoon. I was the last time I saw her.
We didn’t know about Anorexia back then. We had never heard what could happen. The two girls never showed up at my place and we had to get to the club. That’s were I got the call. It was from her girl friend. Gloria had sat down on a curb on the walk to my house and her heart had just given out. I guess they worked on her for a while but she was gone.
It really messed me up for a while. I realized I’d been so wrapped up in my own importance that I’d never notice this beautiful young woman was starving herself. I know it wasn’t my fault but she’s gone. It will be thirty-seven years ago this year. She lost all that time and all that life. Every New Year I toast her quietly to myself. I’ll never forget Gloria or that kiss.

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