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He Thought He Could Have Us Both, But We Left Him For Each Other


“In the beginning, I hated her guts. That is– until I found out she was just like me.”—Kim Sisto Robinson

Root Friends / Sue & Kim


I heard about her second hour from my friend, Keeker, whom continually informed me on such matters of importance.


“Have you heard of Sue Rangie?” He asked.

“No, why?”


He hesitated, shifted his lips around like a slow moving washing machine.


“Because she’s in your gym class, and she’s, um,  going out with Mike Lombardi, too.”


A surge of heat traveled from my toes to the top of my scalp. Oh, god, jealously could slay somebody.


“She’s in your fifth hour, just ask her.”


“Believe me, I will,” I said. I acted all secure and cool, but I knew I’d probably remain quiet and just stare at this person who was most likely everything I wasn’t. I visualized her as a long legged, blonde cheerleader.


I thought, ‘this is how wars begin.’


We had Mrs. T. for gym class. A horse of a woman. A Nazi. A mean as Hell dictator. Once, and I don’t have all the facts, she slapped Jan Anderson across the face for lying about having her period. Several of us lied about having our periods to get out of swimming, but Mrs. T. had our numbers and eventually all of us girls who despised getting our hair wet, our lipstick smeared, had to bring in doctor notes.


When I walked into class, I asked one of the gym monitors who Sue Rangie was. The monitor pointed to the thin blond on the tiled floor performing arm circles. I was right to envision her precisely as I did. Her appearance was even more than I anticipated.


Bitch- Bitch- Bitch.  She was probably a nice person.


Completely out of character, I stood next to her and started circling my arms, as well.


Mrs. T. strolled around the aged floor like SS soldier. “Arms strait! Don’t bend your elbows! That’s not right, Rolizo! What’s wrong with you people?” I waited until she walked past me before I spoke.


“Are you going out with Mike Lombardi?” I abruptly asked, still circling my arms.


She looked at me. Unsmiling. A puzzle inside her big brown eyes.


“Why?” She asked.


“Because he’s my boyfriend.”


She scanned me up and down slowly, deliberately, and I remember thinking, ‘Shit, she has nice arms.”


“Well,” she said, “He’s my boyfriend, too.”


We continued circling our arms in silence.


Mike Lombardi. I mean, the name alone gave me shivers, made my hands sweat, caused my ovaries to stretch inside my body. Apparently, he wasn’t who I thought he was.


“What an asshole.” I finally said.


She smiled. A huge Farah Fawcett smile with a million shining, white teeth.


“I agree.” She said.


Since I hadn’t expected that kind of reaction, any of it, I started giggling. It came out of nowhere like a cough or sneeze or fart, and Mrs. T. began to yell at me.


“Sistooooooo, want to tell us what’s so funny?”


“Yeah,” I said, pointing to Sue Rangie. “We have the same boyfriend.”


We walked out of that class together agreeing to dump Mike Lombardi. He would get the shock of his life. Everything he deserved. Everything we deserved, too.


I still find the removal of him from our lives satisfying.


Sue and I became quick friends after that, root friends, lifetime friends, really.


Even though we were from different places in our lives, diverse backgrounds, we soon realized we were pretty much alike, wanted the same things, (had the same taste in boys!)

To this day, I cannot put on black eyeliner, inhale Halson perfume, or listen to Prince’s, Purple Rain without imagining her, seeing her smiling face in gym class, and clicking our glasses together at the Cove.


….Or her picking me up in that little red Mustang on 61st and 8th street to go out drinking white Russians, discussing the meaning of life, and expressing ourselves through dance.

–~~~~Sue and I at our High School Reunion last Year.~~~~~ I love you, Susie! x


It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.



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  • Reply
    January 13, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Love it! Love you 💋

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    January 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    You both look adorable! Love that story!

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    January 13, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks for the smile. Very enjoyable read. You’re both very special to me.

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    January 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    What a lovely story, mind you, you are a great friend to anyone you like 🙂

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    Elephants Child
    January 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Huge smiles.
    You are both gorgeous and I am sooooooo glad that Mike Lombardi was kicked to the curb.

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    January 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Sounds like Casablanca to me.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 13, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      I love you more than dove chocolate & red wine. xxx

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    Sandra Garth
    January 13, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I’m happy you two,soul sistahs found each other.

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    lisa thomson
    January 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Love this story, Kim. Great pics of you two! I just love how you bonded over dumping the same guy–at the same time. Priceless! <3

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      My Inner Chick
      January 13, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      –It is priceless, isn’t it?
      We were meant to be together….But NOT w/ M. L. xx

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    Balroop Singh
    January 13, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Good one! Love you for dumping that guy Kim!

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    Lady Fi
    January 13, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    What a great story!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    January 14, 2018 at 1:45 am

    LOL…I just had to laugh when you said ‘We have the same boyfriend.’ You two look gorgeous!

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      My Inner Chick
      January 14, 2018 at 7:44 am

      You are Sweet! Thanks for reading our story! x

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    January 14, 2018 at 6:16 am

    It’s was too short! I want more. Such a beautiful and funny story. Mike was clearly an amazing matchmaker.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 14, 2018 at 7:45 am

      What a great perspective.
      We were perfect together! xxxx How r u?

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    January 14, 2018 at 9:45 am

    This was SUCH a perfect Kim story. You have such a magical and magnetic way with words, drawing us into a story! We come out the other side so glad we read it. And you two have barely changed since HS. Beautiful beautiful – and loved your dad’s comment!

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      My Inner Chick
      January 14, 2018 at 9:50 am

      as always, thank you for your support, words, & love from afar! xxx

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    Kim gagnon
    January 14, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Love it!!! You handled that situation well back then!!😁😍❤️🍷🍪

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    Dawn in Michigan
    January 14, 2018 at 11:23 am

    For once a story that turned out right! Congratulations for both being that mature way back then. And for staying friends. My sister and I found out we had dated the same guy around the same time once. Both of us dumped him after one date, and only found out later that we’d gone out with him in the same week. Silly men. Do they not know sisters talk??

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      My Inner Chick
      January 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      No kidding. Sisters stick together, man. xx

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    January 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    LOVE this story, Kim! How brave and wise you were, even at a young age. And how fitting that poor ole Mike would be the loser to two such clever women, after thinking he was so smart and sneaky! xx

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    January 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I LOVE this story Kim! Such teenage attitude and then such a grown up attitude. And thanks for the Prince video 😀 xxx

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      My Inner Chick
      January 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Ooooo, Prince.
      I played him so much, my cassettes were worn out!! x

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    Lisa Gordon
    January 14, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Kim, this so much reminds me of my very best friend and I.
    It wasn’t over a boyfriend. We just decided we did not like each other at all. Then, we had to attend teller training classes together (first job for both of us). That was 40 years ago. To this very day, we are the very best of friends, and always will be.
    Thank you for the memories, my friend.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      isn’t it wonderful when we give somebody a chance, see who they truly are?

      xxx glad you are life-time friends!

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    January 15, 2018 at 1:52 am

    What a beautiful soul sister you have Kim. FABULOUS!
    Love and hugs to you from a very windy Sundays River.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

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    Marcia @ Menopausal Mother
    January 15, 2018 at 6:25 am

    I love this story and I’m so glad you have continued your beautiful friendship!

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    Minnesota Prairie Roots
    January 15, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Even back then, your voice rose strong and powerful.

    What a beautiful story of incredibly strong women.

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      My Inner Chick
      January 15, 2018 at 10:39 am

      you are so encouraging and beautiful. x

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    Annette Connelly
    January 17, 2018 at 8:02 am

    What a fabulous read!!

    I wonder if he ever connected any other girls besides you and your friend.

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    Christine Carter
    January 18, 2018 at 6:28 am

    I love this story, Kim! That could have gone in a completely different way, with you two- but I am SO glad you girls united in such a bond and that stuck for a lifetime! I hope she read this!!

    So what ever happened to that kid anyway? I want to hear the ‘after story’!! Mike’s merciless fall… 🙂

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      My Inner Chick
      January 18, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Of course,
      I sent it to her.
      She loved it.
      We still talk about once a month.
      thanks for reading, dearest. xxx

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    Gary Sidley
    January 18, 2018 at 7:12 am

    What a wonderful story. It reminded me of teenage years, the breath-sapping pain of finding out your (assumed) girlfriend was entertaining another boy in the class. I wish I’d handled it like you (instead of acting aloof, before going home to cry).

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    Kristi Campbell
    January 18, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    OOH I love love love it! How beautiful that you two became such wonderful friends and both dumped Mike! Yay to girl power!

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    January 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Hey Kim,

    Awesome story, my lovely friend. Such a nice result. Take care, my adorable friend.

    Penny’s human dad,

    Gary xx 😀

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    Marie Kléber
    January 24, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I love the way your friendship started Kim.
    You’re right to dump him. Everything happens for a reason. And this time a fabulous one!
    Love you

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    January 25, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I am head over heels in love with this story! Girl power and perhaps one of the best how I met my bestie stories ever. So happy to have popped by today!

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    Marjorie Mallon
    January 26, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Great true life story. Made me smile!

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    natalie brooke breazeale
    January 26, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    This was such a breath of fresh air. I love Susie, your gym teacher is a miserable human being (okay, I hope ‘is’…cause I kinda hate her, but not in the ‘I hope she’s dead kind of way’…and this all just got awkward, so I’m going to leave it at ‘she was a miserable person while she was teaching gym class’) and Mike Lombard is a moron….and you are hilarious. :o)

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    January 29, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Oh my gosh Kim, this is such a funny, lovely post… and it has such a great ending. I love that you two are still friends and the picture of you both at your high school reunion is just “the bees knees!!” Your description of your gym teacher was so hilarious but I could literally picture her and knew exactly what she was like and how much hell she no doubt put your though each day in gym class haha. Terrific post.


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