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Some Kids I Have Known
Beverly Ann Gow of Hamilton, Ontario

It was sixty years ago or there abouts, in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. We had come from the prairie and not even once had   seen a lake the size of Erie. The damp cold weather in Ohio contrasted completely with the sunny, hot winds of the land where we lived in Northern Oklahoma. Besides the cool weather there was rain. When my family met the Gow family it was sort of like love at first sight.  They were from Hamilton, Ontario and were so facinated with the beauty of my Native American mother. I remember mother smiling as they asked her to turn her back to them so they could take a picture of her long black hair. Of course, they wanted to know all about Oklahoma and Mother wanted to know about Canada, as well.

While our families visited Beverly Ann and I were busy getting acquainted as well. We were around nine years old with no interest in anything other than playing together.  I really don't know what kind of play we had.  Probably something like tag your it, or some other children's game that required nothing but the game itself.  I remember making a game of jumping over the puddles the rains had left. As children we had no goal to pursue. It was a moment to moment thing.  We seemed to be just perfect for each other.  Walking along together, holding hands, swearing to be best of friends forever is still in my memory these sixty years since.

Of course, it all ended as we returned to Oklahoma and they to Canada. But, on the other hand, it didn't end completely. For ten years we faithfully corresponded.  As children we shared bits and pieces of our lives and what was going on in our world. Children's letters are very short and ours were no exception. I remember her notes as being only a little over one page, and mine were the same. Mother always saw to it that I had stationery  printed with decoration suitable for my age. At first bunny rabbits, comedy characters and later roses or something delicate.

We were of the same faith so, often our notes discussed this or that about those activities. This was the last correspondence I had from her along with this picture. As you can see she was quite mature here. This was the year after I graduated from high school and was in college. The pace was fast because I was taking an extra number of hours. I kept thinking I would get a reply off to her but never did. I did save this photograph because it was where they were putting up a new building for Bible study and meetings and because even through the years I still felt a wonderful  closeness to her just as one does with friends. I love this picture because it shows Beverly's personality so well. She was actually this charming even as a child. One day I may hear from her again and I look forward to that if in fact she is still living.

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