The Day We Really Met by Estela Caballero

The reemergence of lawn elves reminded me of this time in our shared history…. although that one neighbor still keeps it in his yard all year around, we’ve moved away but I can go drive by anytime…



You said you were leaving and wanted to give me a proper goodbye. I pretended not to be sad. Being gone back then was gone. No Facebook or MySpace. I’ve dated myself and admitted I used MySpace–I’m ok with that. It helps the story.

You brought each of the other ladies at the office a small bouquet of flowers– one for each. I was jealous. Then you left back to your car. Was that really it? Some nice words and flowers for the ladies. Sure you turned red when you told me you were leaving but since I was trying to pretend I didn’t care, I didn’t really see what other messages your face was sending. You have pretty big ears and all I could see was that they were so red they almost looked like those florescent Christmas elves my neighbor left in his yard until March. I was…

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