Blog•March 22, 2005 6:52 PM ET
i'm still angry about it
One time when I was about 10, I was tagging along with my older sister and a few of her friends (they were all about age 15). We were walking across a bridge that spanned a pond near my house, when everyone stopped to look at some fish in the water. As we turned to resume walking across the bridge, my hand unintentionally brushed up against the crotch of one girl. It was a total accident. However, the girl started freaking out, screaming "OMG!! You pervert!!! He touched me!!! OMG!!" I didn't know what do to. I sheepishly backed away, looking at my sister for help. She staunchly defended me, saying that I would never do something like that. This girl wasn't buying it though. She looked at me with a disturbing combination of fear and repulsion. I wanted to kick her in the face. The other girls stared at me suspiciously. I walked home, embarrassed and angry. I've encountered this girl (she's now a lady of course) many times over the years. In fact, her younger sister married one of my best friends. We've not ignored each other or anything overt, but have never alluded to nor discussed the "crotch incident." So several weeks ago, when her younger sister and my friend had their newborn son baptized, I was the godfather, and she was the godmother. As we stood next to each other during the ceremony, in front of the whole church, I soooo wanted to grab her crotch. Then I would have kicked her in the face. Oh well.