‘Friends all these years’

From our January 2014 issue

By Kathy Boulton – Victoria, B.C.

I grew up in Winnipeg, the middle of five children, three girls and two boys. I was born in 1923, so I’m now 90 years old.

When I was 14, I met Olga Kyrdiah (Zahara) at school. She was 10. She still lives in Winnipeg and we’ve been friends for all these years.

Olga lived beyond the water line so had outside facilities. The road in front of their house had no city lights, so if we stayed out too late I’d walk her home two blocks in the dark and get back myself in the dark.

We had a lot of bushes in the neighbourhood so we went berry-picking often – Saskatoons, chokecherries, plums, and pussy willows in the fall.

Most weekends we’d go to a park for a picnic. I used to run like a deer and did well at the races. Now I have a walker to help me and don’t do any running. I went to La Verendrye and Earl Grey Schools.