#40: Carrie Newbury

My first girlfriend, Campbell Primary School, 1991

It was true romance. Two of Carrie's mates crossed the playground one lunchtime and told me and my mates that Carrie wanted to know if I would be her boyfriend. I talked it over with the boys but there wasn't much to think about - Carrie was one of the prettiest and most popular girls in the school - so at the end of lunch I sent two of the guys back over to say yes.

We didn't really speak to each other much but everyone knew for the rest of that year that we were a couple. I drew a little 'TM 4 CN' on the bus shelter where she sat everyday after school, and at the end of the year when I had to move back to New Zealand I bought her a bone carving shaped like a dolphin. I felt pretty smooth for a 10 year old.