Buddy: (n) a close friend
A buddy is much more than a close friend.
I had such a friend.
He was about two years my junior, intelligent as a librarian’s daughter and completely inexperienced in most aspects of life.
I set him up with his first girlfriend.
I explained some of the greater subtleties of human sexuality (from my limited perspective).
I took him to his first X-rated movie.
We were so close that half the people thought I was a bad influence and the other half were grateful that I took him under my wing.
It lasted for about a year. Then one day somebody talked to him about me–or maybe nothing, or perhaps something.
From then on, we never really saw each other.
But sometimes I wonder if he thinks about the time we had together–the adventures, the laughs, the mistakes and the double-takes.
I remember it fondly.
Was I a bad influence on him? Hell, yeah.
In a good way.