Little did my mind think of how saying no to Steven and yes to Spence would make Steven feel. But I must have realized that I didn't even know what going out entailed, because I called Steven the next day and told him to tell Spence that my mom said I couldn't go out with him either. Again, not true, but seemed like a good excuse. No wonder men can't seem to figure out women...it starts at an early age! :)
I didn't encounter Spence again for a few years. He was home-schooled at the time and didn't come back to public school until our eighth-grade year. As we entered high school, I had a Spanish class with him. I remember him teasing Senora Udall and getting in trouble for goofing off. He wasn't paying attention one day when she called on him to translate. It was something about "me llamo" and "rubio" and Spence make up some silly sentence about a dirty llama and a rude Spaniard that had the whole class rolling.
Another memory I have of Spence is when he was a junior and tried to run for student body president. The administration wouldn't let him because he had been suspended for fighting during the year. His best friend Troy was up on stage and suddenly turned the time over to Spence who had been hiding in back of the stage. Spence walked out and said into the microphone, "The administration can go to hell!" and jumped off the stage. Whoa! If I had known him and his family better back then, I would have recognized him as his father's son. :) I noticed that he went and sat by his girlfriend and held her hand...I admit that I felt a twinge of jealousy even though I had my own boyfriend at the time. (By the way, I'm sure he would have won the election and probably still got more write-in votes than anyone)
I don't know if Spence has any memories of me. I wasn't quite as outgoing as he was. I remember when he started liking me. He would come up to me at school and say the most obscure things to me. It seemed like to me he was always talking in riddles. He was really good with words and I could never read him very well. It made me uncomfortable because I thought he was trying to tease me. He probably just had a much better vocabulary than me. (all that home-schooling:)
He started ditching weight training second hour to hang out with me in Sylvia's room. (I was her aide) I started giving him rides home from school since he was always in trouble and couldn't drive their car. I still wasn't sure about him with all of his crazy talk and cockiness. Then one day he invited me to his house to hear him play his guitar. (smooth move Spence...I wonder how many other girls he used that one on?) But it wasn't the guitar that got me. It was how nice and laid back he was at home. It was also the nice way he treated and interacted with his mom. Looking back, that was a really good indicator. Spence is always very respectful of women and family is very important to him.
Needless to say, between the guy he was at home and his tight, white Guess jeans, I was hooked. They really weren't tight, I just added that in. :)
To be continued...
I had to scan some old pictures from high school. Pretty funny!
Something happened when I scanned Spence's picture and his left eye now looks like he's wearing blue eye shadow...oops.
above left: top row- melissa west, jaime mineer and doug chlarson bottom row- troy adair, spence, and me (notice that Spence is wearing those white Guess jeans paired with Redwing boots. I on the other hand am sporting purple leggings with socks and sandals...gotta love the 90's!)
above right: top row- jon romero and pami christian; next row- craig kennedy and tana udall; next- spence and courtney grant; bottom row- carrol lambson and me