pre-impressions

So my sister-in-law is dating this guy and I’ve never met him. She sent me a picture of him to her sister, my wife, in an email and said that he actually goes to the same college as I do. She’s at a community college on the other side of the state and apparently he drives down there to see her.

The picture she had sent me was a head shot of the two of them on a hike or at a park. Whereever they were they were outside and I looked steadily at him. It looked as though he was the same height as her. Couldn’t tell. They might have been sitting down. And he had a big grin on his face. He had a hat on but his sideburns were dark and his face was clean shaven. He wore a light jacket and well, she was just smiling next to him with her braids in front of the dark ominous looking sky.

I was looking for him at first as a big joke. You know, I would just walk up to him and say “Hey, Jack (that was his name). How are you? I haven’t seen you for like almost ever.” I didn’t want to lie to him, but nothing would be wrong with a little fun. I could get to know him without him ever knowing me. I knew his name. I knew he went on a hike with a bunch of friends and my sister. But he had never met me.


My wife showed me a picture of her sister with a guy. Even though her sister was going to the community college hours away, the guy was going to the same university I was. Apparently they met when