Had a crush in highschool on a girl named Barry. Mush have been my junior or senior year. New girl in town. Year younger than me. And possessed of the kind of southern accent that can still poke a finger in my brain. Wonderful. Her voice alone just made me so happy and weak and stupid.
Called her on a grocery store work break one weekend morning from the pay phone in the drug store on the corner. When she answered with that fabulous, judgment-damaging accent, I said a lot of nice things from my heart — nothing salacious, but, you know, personal, sweet and one hoped endearing. Went on for a bit.
Then she said, ‘that’s very nice, but this is Barry’s mother.’ Kind of thing you never forget.
I wonder where Barry is.