The next day as Kurt was walking to the bus stop, both of his parents approached him.
“Now, I know your excited to have Eileen as your girlfriend but as far as anyone at the school knows, you and her are broken up,” His dad said.
“I know,” Kurt replied. Then continued, “I want to meet her at the YMCA tonight. Could you bring me?”
“Of course,” His dad answered.
“But keep those hormones in check,” His mom added in.
“How can we do anything at the Y? The lifeguard won’t even let us hug or kiss,” Kurt answered.
“I just don’t want to raise a grand baby yet. Wait until you have a degree or a trade and a good job, so you can raise it,”
“And a place of your own,” His dad added in.
“Yes. I know,” Kurt said with a slight irritation.
“We’re only looking out for you,” His mom said.
“But we’re glad you have a girlfriend and we’re sorry you have to keep it a secret,” His dad finally said.
“Yes, but once you go to a different school next year it won’t be so bad, now you go and board the bus. We have to get to work,” His mom added.
Kurt walked to the bus stop and waited for the bus to come.
Finally, it arrived and he boarded.
The ride was quick and he soon arrived at school and sat on the bench.
Johacim and Matthew saw that he arrived and began to start harassing him.
He kept thinking about Eileen and was able to successfully tune them out.
Instead he pulled out his assigned book and began to read where he left off.
Matthew and Johacim whispered to each other, then Matthew came and knocked the book out of his hands.
Johacim then threatened to throw it in the toilet of the restroom.
Kurt told him, “Go ahead you’ll be vandalizing school property.
Mrs. Kraft was on duty and witnessed the latter parts of the event.
She told Johacim, “You will be suspended if you damage that book!”
Kurt then told her, “Matthew also knocked it out of my hand while I was reading it.”
“No recess for the next week for you,” She told Matthew.
“That’s messed up,” Johacim added in.
“No, what is truly messed up as you say is that both of you constantly harass Kurt and get away with it. But not under my watch!”
She then looked at Matthew and said, “Hand the book back to Kurt and apologize to him!”
Matthew rolled his eyes and did so, albeit very begrudgingly.
Kurt went back to reading until the bell rang.
All the students went to their respective classes.
Mrs. Kraft continued the science lesson on bovines. Most of the lesson was how cow’s milks is used for human consumption
Kurt listened intently until Johacim said, “I wonder if the milk I poured on my Oreo Os this morning came from Eileen Cartensen’s boobs; I mean she is a cow!”
Several classmates laughed.
“To the principal’s office-now Johacim!” Mrs. Kraft sternly said.
“But she doesn’t even come to this school,” He protested.
“I don’t care where she goes to school is still a human being with feelings and she deserves dignity! Furthermore you said a word that is totally inappropriate for class.” Mrs. Kraft said with anger.
Johacim left the classroom and went to the office, sulking.
Mrs. Kraft continued the lesson, until it was time to teach social studies.
The lesson was about the Watergate Scandal, but in a way seventh graders could understand.
After the lesson was concluded, Mrs. Kraft asked each member of the class if they had chosen their president to do a project on.
Kurt, off the top of his head chose Ronald Reagan, as he had forgotten all about it.
No one else chose Reagan so it went fine for him.
Then it was time to switch classes.
All the students lined up and exited, then headed for Bouchard’s class.
“Where is Johacim?” She asked.
The whole class remained silent.
“Well either tell me where he is, or no one will have recess today!” She continued.
“One girl at last spoke up, “He got sent to the office for saying something inappropriate in Mrs. Kraft’s class.”
“I see. Well, we need to begin our lesson. Everyone take our your religion books,” Bouchard commanded.
Kurt pulled out his religion book and listened as Bouchard lectured, “Sex is meant to be had only in the confines of marriage and strictly for the purpose of procreation. Sex in any other form than this is a mortal sin.” She paused and then continued, “In 1960, birth control was put on the market and since then society has morally plummeted. Before birth control was available, anyone having sex ran the risk of making more mouths to feed. That was a good thing because it more or less limited sex to only those who were financially capable. And those who had pregnancies out of wedlock were shunned from society. Those were glorious days. But then birth control came along, but let me tell you something class, birth control doesn’t always work. Of course now when birth control fails for an unfit mother, she goes on welfare and my tax dollars have to support her and her baby. If I find out that any girls in this school are on birth control, they will be expelled on the spot. It is impossible to be a good Catholic and use birth control, so I refuse to let my students use it. Sex was meant for procreation not recreation.”
By this point, Kurt began to daydream about Eileen.
He tuned Bouchard completely out and thought about how he would see Eileen later that evening at the Y.
Finally Bouchard’s lesson on the supposed evils of birth control was over and she starting lecturing about English.
By this point Johacim returned to class, with a smirk on his face.
Bouchard continued lecturing on English and had a way of sucking all the fun out of grammar and making it as miserable as possible.
Kurt tried to pay attention because of Eileen’s suggestion for him to be a journalist one day.
Finally the bell for little recess rang, to which Kurt went relieve his bladder in the boy’s restroom then got a drink of water and sat by the wall.
He thought about Eileen for the entire recess period, hoping and praying that they would spend some time at the Y later that evening.
Just as he was enjoying his thoughts the bell rang and he headed back to class.
Then there were some spelling and reading exercises.
Finally it was time for lunch. The class line up and walked to the cafeteria.
There was hamburger steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans and banana pudding for dessert.
Kurt ate with everyone else but was soon finished. He pushed his tray forward then put his head down.
Matthew said, “Hey Kurt, where do hamburger steaks come from?”
Kurt ignored him until it was time to pick up the tray and head to big recess.
Once again Kurt went sit by the wall and watched everyone else play. As usual he began to fantasize about Eileen until the bell rang.
Then it was time for the PE period.
Kurt played put out once again, but deliberately got put out so he wouldn’t have to play anymore.
Finally it was over and he walked back to Mrs. Kraft’s class for math class.
Mrs. Kraft decided to teach a little ahead of their grade level and began to talk about the polygons.
Kurt listened intently and it came as a breeze to him.
The teacher then had them pull out the TI-30 calculators to do various formulas for those polygons.
Kurt had hated math up until Mrs. Krafts class, but he began to appreciate it because of her ability to make the lesson understandable.
Finally the dismissal bell rang, so Kurt went out on the benches to wait for the bus.
Mrs. Sandra Mathers was on duty, so Kurt got real quiet as he knew she was out to get him.
Instead he pulled out his two line display TI-30 and began to practice the formulas for the different polygons.
Miraculously, Mrs. Mathers didn’t harass him.
Finally Kurt’s bus pulled up, so he boarded.
The ride was boring but fairly quick.
Kurt arrived home and asked his Dad who had gotten off from work and was watching Fox News in the den, “Can you bring me to the Y tonight?”
“I guess so. Are you and Eileen going to hang out?”
“I’m going call her to see if she can.”
“Well, you need to exercise, so I want you to go whether she can go or not.”
Kurt walked to his room and picked up his cordless phone and dialed Eileen’s number.
“Hey you!” She answered.
“Oh, I missed you so much.” Kurt replied.
“I missed you too. What’s up?”
“I was wondering if we could hang out at the Y tonight?”
“Let me ask my Mom, be right back!”
Kurt waited anxiously.
Finally Eileen came back and said, “I’ll be there at 6:45.”
“Awesome I cannot wait to see you.”
“Now I have to do my homework.”
“I do too.”
“Well, I love you, Kurt!”
“I love you too, Eileen!”
They then hung up and Kurt went back to his Dad.
“Eileen will be at the Y at 6:45 this evening.”
“Okay, that’s cool. I’ll bring you. Now go do your homework.”
Kurt started his homework. First he did the math and everything with the polygons. Then he did science and was angered about how his classmates compared Eileen to a cow. He knew he was going to shower her with much affection later that evening. Then Kurt did his history worksheet and filled it out. Afterwards he read “Holding Steady” until it was time to go to the YMCA.
Kurt’s Dad drove him there in the blue sedan, then went in the men’s locker room. Kurt went in the boy’s locker room and changed into his swimming trunks.
Afterwards, he jumped into the pool. Eileen then jumped in afterwards.
Their eyes met and they shared a strong hug and a passionate kiss.
There was a female life guard on duty, who commented, “Y’all are so cute together. Just be careful though.”
Eileen then said, “Let’s swim together so we can exercise!”
“Sure thing, Eileen,” Kurt replied.
With that they began swimming vigorously next to each other until out of breath.
Both went into the shallow section of the pool and stood next to each other.
“Do you think I am sexy in my bathing suit?” Eileen asked Kurt.
Kurt kissed her and said, “I sure do!”
“Aw, you’re sweet!” Eileen replied, then continued, “Hold me in your arms!”
Kurt wrapped his arms around Eileen and kissed her forehead. Eileen rested her head in Kurt’s chest and they stood there holding on to each other and happy as can be.
There was music playing on a loud speaker, so they slow danced in the pool for the rest of the evening.
During the course of their dancing, Eileen said, “Everyone was so mean to me at the Lion’s Club dances, so I stopped going, but maybe you can take me there and we can dance together!”
Kurt replied, “I’d love to take you. I never went to those before because I knew no one would dance with me.”
“I sure will and only with you,” Eileen said with a big smile, then continued, “You’d only dance with me, right?”
“Yes. Only you. I can’t picture myself with anyone else!”
“Yay!” Eileen said as she kissed him.
They went sit outside on the lawn chairs, holding hands and kissing until it was time for the pool to close.
So Kurt and Eileen got dressed in their respective locker rooms then went wait in the lobby for Eileen’s parents to pick her up.
They pulled up in their white mini van and Eileen introduced Kurt to them.
“You must be Kurt, I’ve heard so much about you!” Her Mom said.
Kurt blushed and nodded.
“That’s my baby girl, so I expect you to be good to her. She has been through so much already.” Her Dad added in.
Kurt looked him in the eye and said, “Of course I’ll be good to her. I know what it’s like to be mistreated also, but I think the world and the moon of Eileen!”
“That’s what I want to hear!” Her Dad answered.
“Why don’t you have dinner with us Friday Night, Kurt?” Her mother asked.
“I’d really like that!” Kurt replied.
Kurt’s Dad was walking into the lobby and he greeted both of Eileen’s parents as well as Eileen.
“You raised a fine young man!” Eileen’s Mom told Kurt’s Dad.
“Yes. We have been praying that God send someone for our daughter.” Eileen’s Dad added in.
“Well I try. Kurt is crazy about Eileen as well.”
They talked for a few more minutes until it was announced that the YMCA would be closing so they all left.
The ride home was silent but happy for Kurt.
Upon arrival he called Eileen, to which she answered, “Hey you!”
“Hey. I was just calling to say we made it home safely and to tell you good night.”
“Okay, I have to get to bed in a few minutes myself.”
“Well just know that I love you!”
“I love you too, Kurt!”
They both hung up and went to bed happier than ever…
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