Thus, as Sue and Melissa drifted off to sleep, I “Slept” with both eyes wide open in the dark. As if ordained by the Creator ,Lisa was closest to me, and using her sleeping bag for padding rather than warmth. I slowly rolled over so she was just within an arms reach. I moved my left hand like a crab or spider, inching toward my target, that being her hand. I got an elbow instead. If it was her left elbow she was on her back, if it was her right elbow she was lying on her stomach. I slid my hand up toward her hand. There was no resistance. She was asleep. Her hand was half open. I decided to flip over again, thus putting my right hand much closer. This time I found her fingers outstretched. I was sure this was not by luck or coincidence. I slid my hand into hers; she intertwined her fingers with mine, then curled our hands together. This was the beginning of a two year romance.
Silence ensued. It was the kind of pause that can kill a co-ed conversation at that age. I started to think it was going to be an early departure if the other tents were going that same way as ours. They weren’t though.
I found out during the boat ride home the next morning that both the other guys stayed awake until the girls started to sleep one by one. When all were sound asleep, both employed Thomas’ strategy: wait out the whole tent, then pick the girl of your choice. Both ended up making out quietly, and never got caught, nor did the girls raise a peep of protest, nor a scream, not wake up and kick the guys out. And there it was: a perfect example of mutually accepted lying.
As for our tent, the conversation jolted back to life.
Lisa: Isn’t there a way to learn each other’s language and communicate in a way that is understood?
Melissa: So you think men and women have entirely different languages?
Lisa: It’s not so much different languages, as a completely different set of ideas about who is the right type, and how to date the one that’s right for you.
Melissa: Maybe we worry too much about who is exactly right. I still think people who hardly know each other can fall in love in an instant under the right circumstances.
Me: If both are hormonally distressed with “Maximus Horny-Apes-Among-Us Disease, then sure, one glance is all it takes.
Sue: But it has a better chance of lasting if they’ve been friends a long time. Love at first sight, leads to break-up at first fight.”