This track hoe is one of the most fun machines you can operate. The Man From 12 Years Ago taught me to run this and a backhoe. He also taught me how to plug a tire and fix a short in a battery cable. Our dinner date this weekend may have to be postponed though. He may have to go to Memphis for a big concrete pour his company is doing on Saturday. Such is the world of construction. When he called to tell me this, he asked me please to not give up on him; he really wants to get together soon. I told him not to worry. I would wait patiently because I understand how work is for us. So, I have spoken to him several times lately and he has begun to open up to me a little. I told him I was so surprised to hear from him after so many years and wasn't sure that he actually wanted to see me. He assured me he did want to find me and in fact, had been searching for me for a few months now. He told me that he even stopped in my hometown one day (I couldn't believe he remembered where that was) and asked some clerks in a local store if they knew my family. Then, a few weeks later, he just happen to get sent to the job where he ran into the guy I used to work for, that gave him my number. Funny, huh? I joked with him that I was sure he would have plenty of women circling him, vying for his attention and was flattered that he would remember me. He did admit there were a few women "trying to be friendly" with him but he didn't want any part of them. According to him, he had always remembered that I had been kind to him when we worked together and always thought I was gorgeous (OK, I had to laugh at that one!) so he made up his mind to find me.
The funny part about all of this to me is this: And ya'll may think I'm telling you a story but it's true, I promise. Since having all the drama and stuff with the Switchman story, I knew I had to find a way to forget that man and have been really trying to get him out of my mind. I've tried to meet other guys and all that you know, but nothing ever worked out. All the men I met just seemed....I don't know, pale in comparison to the Switchman. And I remember thinking on a couple of occasions, even when I was still working at the RR, of all the men I know (and haven't dated) there was only one that comes to mind, that could hold a candle to the Switchman or even surpass him. Now, I know there are plenty of men out there that are fabulous, I was just thinking about ones I knew because I wasn't having luck meeting new ones, OK? But only that one, that I absolutely thought the world of when we worked together and knew was a good man. But that was so many years ago and he never paid me any mind anyway. But....that one.... is the Man From 12 Years Ago.
*various artists/ however, most of ya'll would know Ella's version is my favorite.