Boy and Girl would probably have spent much of their childhood catching fish in a drain or flying kites on wide open fields. Girl would be something like 3 years younger than Boy, and Boy would probably be Girl's brother's classmate.
One of their richer neighbours would have a TV set and several families, including Girl's and Boy's would huddle in their little living room to watch The Brady Bunch and Doctor Who together, in black and white. It's probably during these times that Girl would sneak a few glances at Boy. They might even bump into each other while buying ice balls at five cents along their street as an evening treat.
It's maybe about this time that fleeting feelings of romance would be entertained in the mind of Girl, who would doodle his name and hers in class, and strike out their common letters, counting the remaining ones with "friendship, courtship, hatred and love" so see where their yet-to-begin relationship would end. She might daydream about calling him on her telephone with the numbers in a round dial, but would chide herself for being silly.
Boy might or might not think of Girl while being sent out by his father to buy sticks of cigarettes from a tin at the neighbourhood provision shop that kept its money in a Milo tin secured with a pulley system.
Boy would grow to adopt the fashion of a "curry pok" fringe, black framed glasses, and suspenders. Girl would dress in frocks or mis-matched blouses and skirts made by her seamstress mother.
Perhaps a few years down the road, Boy would ask Girl out on a date. He'd put aside some money from the salary he earned as a Bookkeeper, and bring her to watch Goldfinger at Capitol Theatre. They'd have kachang putih and Girl would spend the entire duration of the movie wondering if Boy would hold her hand. But she watches the movie enough to keep in mind to add a picture of Sean Connery to her bedroom soon as she can.
After the movie, they probably go for some noodles at a street stall, where they would share a bottle of Green Spot or Magnolia Milk. If timing permitted, they might just go for a little stroll around. Boy would suggest looking at the newly opened National Museum at Stamford Road, and Girl would oblige with a smile. Anything that Boy suggests must be a good idea, she thinks. And does he look dashing in his new black glasses.
If they met a satay seller with his make shift stall along their stroll, there is a chance they might purchase a few sticks. They might even walk all the way home, just to prolong their date.
After their date, Girl would probably gush about how handsome he was in a bedroom she shared with her 3 other sisters, decorated with posters of Warren Beatty and Robert Redford. She would give them a detailed description through giggles, and they might talk deep into the night with a bowl of shared noodles, ordered from the noodle seller downstairs, by means of a basket thrown out their window to collect their bowl of supper. Boy would go home and shrug if any of his 5 siblings asked about his date.
Over time, they would meet for toast and coffee at the neighbourood coffee shop, and she would eventually buy him a record of Creedence Clearwater Revival for his birthday, and he cycle around the neighbourhood with his new bicycle, and her sitting at the back.
Then Boy would suddenly realize that Girl was indeed the one of his dreams. Girl would be in seventh heaven. They'd get married and move to a little one-room rented house, have kids and Boy would continue working while Girl would stay home to care for the kids, and be an excellent mother and housekeeper. She'd feed the little ones on their rattan chairs and let them play in drains just as their mother and father did.
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