Josephine was my first official girlfriend. I met her on my bus in second grade. I was eight, and she was twelve.
"Oh, there's my boyfriend!" she said one day, pointing at a car driving behind the bus. I looked and it was an old dude, but I was 8, so everybody was an old dude to me.
"What's his name?" I asked.
"Jimmy. He's sooooooo cute," she swooned.
"I'm cuter than that," I said.
She turned and looked at me for a second.
"Yeah, you are."
I was just trying to be a smartass, so when she agreed with me I was too shocked to respond.
"Do you want to be my new boyfriend?" she asked.
"Do you think I have boobs?" she asked, grabbing the bottom of her shirt and pulling it down, stretching it against her torso. My eyes bulged, even though she had basically nothing to show.
"Yeah," I said.
For about a week after that, she sat with me on the bus. We'd hold hands, and she'd occasionally kiss my shoulder or my hand. I'd serenade her by rapping the lyrics to D.J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's classic hit, Parents Just Don't Understand, which I knew in it's entirety.
One day, I got on the bus and sat in the back, where we always sat. She got on a couple minutes later and sat in the front of the bus, with another guy. I kept peeking over the seat, wondering when she was going to come sit with me. Then I heard her talking to the bus driver.
"He's your boyfriend now?" he asked.
"Yeah," she said.
"I thought you were hooked up with Paul?"
"No," she said, "We broke up."
I don't think I ever spoke to her again.