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9. Childhood Friends
Ken and Anthony were childhood friends. They went
elementary and high school together. They went to
in different states, and then they lost touch.
was twenty years ago.
One morning Ken was
the newspaper with his morning coffee. Inside he
an announcement for a poetry reading at a
bookstore. He was surprised to find that the
poet was none other than his friend Anthony.
decided to see what his old pal was
Ken sat in the last row of
area set up inside the bookstore. When Anthony
introduced and came up the podium, Ken hardly
him. Anthony was almost completely bald and had
little potbelly. When Anthony was in high school,
was very handsome. What Anthony had lost in
was made up for in talent. Anthony's poetry
Anthony recognized Ken sitting in the
row. When the reading was over, Ken stood
line with the others waiting for Anthony to
a copy of his book. When it was
's turn, Anthony stood up and hugged his long
friend. Anthony invited Ken to stay until he
finished signing books. Ken did, and the two
grabbed a cup of coffee at a nearby
Even though so many years had passed since
two had seen each other, both men had
lot in common. Both graduated from college with
in comparative literature. Both went to graduate school.
got his Master's of Fine Art in writing.
went to law school. Both men married Mexican
. Both men divorced. Both men also had sons
were only a year apart. Ken and Anthony
not to lose touch again. They planned to
once a month for breakfast on Saturdays.