My life was filled with going to school and during the evenings rehearsals for the Senior Class play. In between, I would head over to the base and go into the geedunk after school. The geedunk was like a small cafe/soda fountain located on the base. It was a place where the military personnel stationed in Millington hung out. And if there were Sailors or Marines around, I was sure to be there too.
I would stop by the geedunk after school; usually I would buy a coke and talk to friends. Sometimes a girlfriend would go with me, but I was usually alone. I knew many of the guys that came into the geedunk and would joke around with them.
It was several weeks after meeting Tom that we ran into one another at the geedunk. I was thrilled to see him again. We found an empty table, sat together and we talked for about an hour. We talked about everything, from art to sports and beyond. Tom was very bright and able to hold his own on most topics. He had a great sense of humor plus he was a gentleman. I was in love! Then we went into one of those coin operated instant photo booths. We had our photo taken as we kissed one another. It was a passion pit while we waited for the photos to develop.
Finally it was time to depart. We set a time to meet again, and I went home, floating all the way, on top of the world, on cloud nine.