Bedtime Stories with Uncle Hucklebuck
Once upon a time, in a far off land where friendship between men and women is code for "f*** buddies," there was a guy; chubby, not very high on himself, but focused on his goals and dreams of becoming a great sports writer. He had been in this far off land for three years, but pretty much had resigned himself to never making positive progress with the women at this particular place. In fact, at the beginning of the year, a rather loose female had tricked him into thinking she was looking for just friendship, when in reality she was an open bun for nearly everyone's hot dog in the far off land.
Enter a young, freshman girl who attended an interest meeting at our hero's place of work. She took note of our friend's high quality humor that seemed to make everyone at the meeting chuckle (our boy doesn't necessarily think he's funny, although he's been told on the contrary several times). The more she contributed to the effort of the job, the more she and our pal became friends. They felt comfortable talking to each other about life, school, and their shortcomings with the opposite sex. Very personal things that were not meant to be, and will not be shared.
Our homeboy has always been wary of women offering friendship to him. Scenarios of women who are more than friendly with other guys run through his head daily, driving him up a wall and leading him to believe that there is no such thing as platonical friendships between the sexes.
However, our young girl proved him wrong over time, being there to listen to his gripes on several occaisions, cracking hearty jokes about anything and everything, and giving well-placed advice, showing herself to be a genuine, sincere, all-around good friend.
Just recently, she was happy to break the news of a new love in her life to our chubby, not so high on himself friend. He sat, listened and smiled, honestly happy that she met someone who was deserving of her. Inside, he could not help but feel disappointed in himself that he did not try to advance things with his true female friend. The guy that won her heart seems to be alright, and that's what really mattered to our friend. Yet, he wondered if he should've been the one asking her out, complimenting her on her looks, and asking if she would be more than friends with him.
Oh, but our friend knew better. He knew that it would be downright selfish, unfair, and just a bad time to tell her how he really felt. So he will continue to be a good friend to her and be happy for her, and try to sort out his own mess as time wears on.
Moral of the story, kiddies: A closed mouth doesn't get fed. Uncle Hucklebuck knows this, and so does our friend. Maybe our friend isn't ready for more than friendship, maybe the friendship with the young girl is a good start in the right direction. But he'll never forget how he messed up, as he watched the one that got away.