… lived on Cherokee lane for over 30 years. Their children walked to school together, to Ardmore middle school which is now a church. These women have played bridge together, once a month, for all those years.
They call themselves the Cherokee Squaw.
Ruth suffered from Alzheimer’s and passed away a few years ago. I now own her home. Judy owned an electronics store in ardmore, it closed years ago and Judy has moved to a different neighborhood. I haven’t met Francis yet. Doris, however lives next door, to the west of my home. She suffers from early signs of dementia but still has her wits and charm. A sweet older lady who can still tell you the history of Cherokee Lane. She’ll tell you that Ruth was her best friend and was the smartest, most kind women she knew. Or, she might causually mention that Emily’s house, directly beside and to the west of Doris’, was once owned by a crooked cop in the 1970s. He became a bank robber and eventually was caught, surrounded by police in his home on Cherokee Lane. Doris’ has a dramatic pause that I’m not sure is intentional or to collect her thoughts. She wraps up the story telling you he committed suicide in his home before the police could come in and arrest him for the bank robberies. She then promptly asked me to take our neighbors dog a milk bone so she doesn’t have to tramp across my yard, which is what she had been doing for the last two years while Ruth’s house was vacant before I bought it 3 months ago. Emily, had no idea about the crooked cop before buying the house 3 yrs ago. She’s now convinced her house is haunted by his ghost.
Doris also told me that I would need a new roof soon because her son replaced mine about 25 years ago. I’ve learned the names of all the flowers as the pop up in my yard by asking her . And that Ruth, in her senior years, planted bluebirds in the empty wooded lot across the street from my home so she could see them bloom while staring out the large living room window. Ruth, liked to garden. When ever she traveled she would bring home plants to add to her yard.