Bryce and his friend Patrick Huang were both on the middle school basketball team together--looking good in their short shorts and knee socks, no doubt. Bryce told our kids, "If you've ever felt like you don't fit in, imagine being the only Chinese kid in Tulsa, Oklahoma."
Well, Bryce moved away but Patrick stayed around. They reconnected through Facebook. A few weeks ago Patrick was in Las Vegas for a convention. He stayed the night at our house before his convention started, the first time they'd seen each other since middle school!
|Before: Ruling the school in 8th grade.|
|After: Handsome professionals 25 years later|
It was fun to hear them talk about middle school--which kids were still around, who married whom, what teachers they liked, and what they remembered about each others' families. Apparently Bryce's older sister, Kim, made a strong impression on Patrick--one day she answered the door wearing only a towel! And that's how Kim became Patrick's first crush.
Our kids really enjoyed Patrick's company and competed for his attention, but he didn't seem to mind. He said they reminded him of his nieces and nephews.
It was great to have him over! He's a really nice guy and I can see why he and Bryce were--and are--friends.