7.19.2012

haley; i live for that first hug.

waiting.
there i was with audrey, standing in the corner of the Taste 'N' See. business was slow because the campers hadn't started to arrive yet, and i didn't want audrey to wander off and get lost, so i told her to stand off somewhere where i could see her. she couldn't be behind the registers with me. not unless she was interning where i was.

i texted you monday morning as i was on my way out the door and asked when you were leaving. i learned that you don't text first, you text back, so i figured that maybe i'd get a swift reply if your phone wasn't on airplane mode. hey! have you left yet? a minute passed, a minute and a half, two minutes with no reply, and i shut the computer down, grabbed my cooler full of water, and shut the door behind me.

on the way there, i alternated between texting audrey and telling daddy you were going to be there. considering she lives an hour north of us, she should've left at nine-o-clock, which means she'll be there well before we get there, since it's eleven-thirty now. i wasn't sure if it was just you coming, or you and your brothers, or possibly your whole family, but i admit that i didn't fully care, because you were coming, and that was almost all that mattered at the moment.

when we arrived and checked-in with rj, i saw four rows' worth of name-tags on the table. yours and isaac's were there. so i asked if you were here yet. um, no, they haven't come, but they'll probably get here pretty soon. but anyways, orientation is starting in ten, so you'd better get to ambassador's hall. i went with audrey to the dorm and we changed into our intern shirts and went to ambassador's hall. in short, you weren't there. and for the next hour and a half, i went into the intern office asking rj or erika if you had come yet. and you didn't.

there i was with audrey, standing in the corner of the Taste 'N' See. business was slow because the campers hadn't started to arrive yet, and i didn't want audrey to wander off and get lost, so i told her to stand off somewhere where i could see her. she couldn't be behind the registers with me. not unless she was interning where i was.

i served various flavors of bluebell ice cream to interns and staff, but you weren't there. i was told that i didn't have to be at work yet, so i went to stand next to audrey, but you weren't there. so i started telling audrey what to expect. if you see me tackling a person, that's haley, alright? she's small. she's about 5'4. one hundred-eighteen pounds, but muscular, because she's a cyclist. whatever you do, don't arm wrestle with her. she'll break you. 

and eventually, i started to forget you were coming altogether. i mean, i knew you were. i just wasn't actively looking for you anymore. until i heard my name: jocelyn! there you were, with bags scattered on the floor, wet hair strewn about your face because it was raining, with an ugly tan raincoat covering your shirt. or was it camouflage? anyway, to say tackling you was an understatement.

where have you been?
we took tons and tons of stops. like, we always had to stop and get something.
your brothers?
yeah. isaac and gabriel are here. 
oh Lord. hide the food!
haha, it's so good to see you! how long has it been? since my sixteenth birthday party...

i want you to know that i live for that first hug. i think it's one of the only times where i'm hugging someone with literally all i have within me, and they're giving me the same commitment back. the goodbye hug is considerably less substantial, but after the first hug, we've opened the door to midnight snickers and heart-to-heart talks before any goodbyes are said.

gah, i miss you. and we still owe each other a shopping trip. 

-kiss kiss kiss, popeye-
{pea ess: i have two more posts from camp, i think. i can't exactly grasp it all, because the week went by so fast, but i'm getting there.}

5 comments :

  1. you write so well, dear. and I love the focus in that photo.

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  2. hugs from friends you haven't seen in awhile are the best! You described it to perfection <3

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  3. lovely post. i agree - the first hug is the best.

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  4. This is so good, you make magic with words.

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  5. Great post! I can imagine it.

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sometimes i do not understand why you guys like me so much, but the fact that you do (and that you keep coming around) makes me happier than you can even imagine.

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