When I was a teenager, I never imagined life could be this good.
In Sugar Bowl at dinner, I was angling for some sympathy, so I told Simon that no one had ever really loved me. “Tough luck!” he said, and we both broke up laughing.
I remember something Helen once told me: “Most people don’t break up because they stop loving the other person. They break up because they can’t get along.”
A kid about 19 in a leather jacket passed by and asked us if we had a light. After we said no, he kept walking but looked back. “I thought he was going to mug us,” I said. “No,” Elihu said, “I think he was cruising you.”
But Morty said she was only seventeen, and besides, he doesn’t want to fall in love: “It messes you up so that you can’t sleep or do your work or anything.”
Everyone was running around as the scent of revolution was again in the air, although Stanley said to me, “We’ve both seen better revolutions in the old days.”
She’s never lied to me about orgasms, she said, although at times I almost drove her to do so. It occurred to me that maybe Simon sort of led his old girlfriend to fake her orgasms.
These have been two wonderful years, and now it’s time to move on. . . I’m willing to lose Ronna as a girlfriend if it will prevent my losing her as a friend.
I think a couple of years ago, the criticism my story received in the MFA Workshop would have torn me up – but now I realize they’re only criticizing my story, not me.
I asked her if she was angry with me for leaving her, and she said, “I think you’re projecting your feelings onto me.”