You 've Got A Friend Essay example

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Almost Sixteen

Although not the longest day of the year, that summer’s eve in Colorado Springs of 1975 seemed to last a lifetime. Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” was spinning on the AM radio in my friend Paul’s turquoise-blue Karmann Ghia. Eager to show off the fresh $89.99 special Earl Schrieb paint job on his self-refurbished car, he drove me around town. Their guarantee, “Bring your car in by 7 and we’ll have it out by 9 the same day, held true.” We learned to tape the trim and roll the windows up, or they’d paint your car’s inside as they covered minor dents, gravel and dirt. “When you’re down and troubled, and you need a helping hand…” I proudly sang the words out loud, feeling accomplished to have memorized the song. Mom and Dad didn’t allow me to date but Mom liked Paul. Paul would let Mom join us -- be it dinner, a movie, or both. One night, we watched the “Poseidon Adventure” -- all three of us -- with Mom sitting in the middle. That night, Paul and I finished a juicy steak dinner with blue cheese crumbles, onion rings, and warm buttered dark pumpernickel at “Three Thieves.” The flickering candlelight from our red glass table lantern illuminated our shadows on the dark wood panelled walls. The pumpernickel smelled like New York, familiar and complex. I sighed in relief to be out of Mom’s control, content tasting freedom. As the sky faded to dusk, Paul pulled up to the grey iron gate of the chain link fence surrounding our home,…

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