“Sam, can I talk to you?”
Little did Samantha Prescott know it at the time, but that simple question from her best friend Amanda Wilcox would set off a rather intense, but equally satisfying encounter.
Sam and Amanda have been friends for almost ten years, meeting in the second grade at Hoover Elementary. Now at the end of their junior years of high school, they had been through a lot. They had grown up together.
It was natural, then, for Amanda to come to Sam with this new chapter in their lives. Of course, Sam said yes. “Sure, what’s up?”
“Well, you know Seth and I have been together for over three months now, right?”
“Yeah, go on.”
“And that, well, you know, he is everything I’ve been looking for in a guy, right?”
“O.k.” I think I know where this is going, she said under her breath.
“So, I was wondering, how do you know when it is time?”
I was right, thought Sam, but I want her to say it.
“Time?” Sam said, eyebrows raised a bit.
“Yeah, you know, time,” Amanda said, the exasperation coming through as she wiggled her head just a bit.
Sam stayed silent.
“Do I have to spell it out for you?”
“That would be nice,” Sam said with a hint of a smile. She was not going to make this easy for Amanda, since the direction of this conversation was about to become very serious.
“Hmph,” Amanda said before continuing. “Time to take our relationship to the next level.”
The 600-pound gorilla in the room that everybody senses and feels, especially teen-agers with emerging hormones, but nobody wants to talk about. I guess it’s about time we talked about it, thought Sam.
“The next level, huh?”
“Sam, please don’t make this any more uncomfortable for me that it already is,” Amanda pleaded.
“Why is it so uncomfortable for you?”
“Because I’m not sure if it’s the right thing to do,” was all Amanda could think of.
“Well, you’re right to feel uncomfortable, then, because it’s not the right thing to do.”
“Why do you say that, Sam?”
“You sound like this is just something else for you and Seth to do, like some sort of recreation,” Sam said, laying it on the line.
“Well, you make it sound like that would be a bad thing.”
“Look, Amanda, playing basketball, seeing a movie, or going to get ice cream is recreation. Sex is serious business.”
“I know that, that’s why I brought it up.”
“You know, your sexuality is a gift from God, and it should be treated that way.”
“But doesn’t God want us to have a little fun?”
“Sure, but doing it his way. Since he’s the one who came up with the concept, he’s pretty much the one who tells us how to use it. It really is a pretty cool idea, don’t you think?”
“Sure, but what would it hurt to experiment a little?”
“Amanda, I know you’ve heard this all before. Let me ask you this. Do you want to get married some day?”
“So tell me, how many women would you like your husband to have been with before you? One, two, five? How many of those experiences would you like to be compared with when the times comes?”
“O.K., I see your point.”
“Remember, sex was intended to bring a man and his wife closer together. You can only experience the first time once. Wouldn’t that be great to experience with the person you choose to spend your life with?”
“Sure, but what if that’s Seth?”
“And what if it isn’t?” Sam replied. “Amanda, you’re only seventeen, and you’ll probably have several more boyfriends before you get married. You can never be sure someone will be your spouse until that day you say ‘I do.’ “
“I guess you’re right.”
“And don’t forget all the possibilities of disease, or an unwanted pregnancy. Amanda, it’s just not worth it. I know it’s difficult waiting, but I think God knew what he was doing when he said sex is my gift to you, but use it the way I intended.”
“You’re right, Sam, it’s not going to be easy, but you’ve given me a lot to think about.”
“As long as it’s just the thinking and not the doing,” Sam said with a laugh as the two linked arms and headed to the parking lot.
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