23 years later, I'm talking to Katie about her little girl and our lives since high school, and I'm looking into those beautiful eyes and thinking, "I really messed that up."
It's all there in her eyes: a blazing intelligence and a curiosity about the world. There's compassion, humor and warmth, tempered with a little touch of vulnerability that takes my breath away. While it's likely that I've built her up to legendary status, I know she's not perfect -- but I think she's pretty darn close. With eyes that I could fall into.
And I thought I was over her.