I stare at them trying to guess the future. Their future.
I like the cocky confidence, the cheerful humility, the moments of intense concentration and awe despite the constant texting.
The way they change their names from Cody to Fabulous and then Fabio. The optimism when faced with depressing challenges. Amanda’s bravery. Jimmy’s ascent from the projects. Stan’s regression. Pat’s jokes about her teen pregnancy while acing. And Jenny, who explained that “youth is wasted on the young” before dropping out.
I stare at them and I reflect on my past of hesitations and silence.
And of good luck.
So glad I found you.