Kelly and Doug were two little boys in my second grade class. Kelly had olive skin and dark eyes and Doug was blonde haired, blue eyes. All the little girls in my class liked them and during recess we would announce we were playing Kissin' Catchers and start chasing them around. They wanted nothing to do with us. They were fast and we never could catch them. I'm pretty sure we wouldn't have known what to do if we had!
Thanks to the internet and Facebook (love it / hate it) I recently found Kelly. I sent him a note to see if he was the same kid from Beechland. He was. Still incredibly good looking with a decent amount of gray in his dark hair, but the same smile. I didn't ask to be his "friend" and I didn't ask if he remembered me. I didn't even tell him my maiden name. I didn't want to tarnish my memories of chasing him around the playground. Just seeing him was good enough.
Yep, that's how it all started. Kissin' Catchers at Beechland Elementary School, 1971.