I was impressed with Dave for not fishing from my friendship pool and catching such a good fish. Mowat Park Girls were having their matric dance and Bev Sumpton needed someone to go with her. Dave was more than willing.
We loved Bev. She became part of our family and slept over most weekends. It was fun to have another sister. We tanned, swam, shopped and bathed together. Sue, her and I would squeeze into our little bath and soak and talk for as long as we could. We laughed so much at how Bev would wash her face with soap and sit and talk to us with mascara running down her cheeks.
Mr and Mrs Sumpton were interesting. Gloria was big and Clarry was small. He wore a patch over his left eye and was always working in his garage. When Gloria called, he dropped everything; immediately. We went there to put our feet up, but Gloria wouldn’t let any of us sit down for long. If there was food to make, we all had to help. If there was a dirty cup it had to be washed, and dried. No laziness allowed. She was definitely the boss.
They were funny too. We visited them on their small farm a few times. They had a big black pig called Lesley, a lamb, a monkey and lots of dogs. After our goodbyes we drove down the long drive and out onto the dusty road. Wilf looked in his rear view mirror and told us all to turn around. There was fat Lesley, the lamb and all the dogs chasing our car down the road. We laughed all the way home. They also had a parrot which followed them all around the house like a puppy.
Bev could never stay awake in a movie. Within the first five minutes she would be fast asleep. They would go to the Drive-IN and sleep through the entire movie. They were woken up by the security guard and found they were the only ones there.
Dave was called up to do his army training and Bev was devastated. We all were. They wrote letters and she cried which made us cry.
They survived the two years of separation. Bev went on to work at the bank and Dave continued at the Daily News. They fought, then broke up, then made up. I was worried she wouldn’t come back but she always did. They couldn’t stay apart for long.
The thing I was happy with was that she was going to be my friend no matter what. For a change, I had stolen a girlfriend from Dave.