|Amy and Nicole in front of Moraga public library, 1979-80|
I was sad to learn about the early death of this woman whose life became plagued with emotional and physical ill health. Especially because I knew Amy as such a brilliant girl. She had a vivid imagination, and we often spent our recess in 4th or 5th grade with our friend Cathi in the school hallway using the typewriters. How eagerly we tugged the onionskin from their rollers and got great satisfaction from whatever was printed there! But my most treasured memory is of whole afternoons spent reading side-by-side on her pink canopy bed. Amy loved Harriet the Spy and Paddington Bear, but its Besty-Tacy (and Tib) who have stuck with me all these years.
"Carney and Bonnie... both had cedar hope chests and took pleasure in embroidering their initials on towels to lay away. Each one had picked out a silver pattern and they were planning to give each other spoons in these patterns for Christmases and birthdays. When Betsy and Tacy and Tib talked about their future they planned to be writers, dancers, circus acrobats." -- from Heaven to Betsy
|The Lois Lensky-illustrated books, 1970s|
~ In Remembrance of a Shared Girlhood amongst Books ~
|Ferry ride from San Francisco to Sausalito|