Alice's Attic: 'Lost' child sprouted lasting relationships
September 12. 2013 12:11PM
We first met neighbor, Bette Kuper, when she was sitting on her front steps holding our "lost" 3-year-old son, Scott.
We lived on 5th street, and we were in our back yard washing our car when he disappeared out of our sight.
It was the worst sinking feeling that I have ever had.
We had no idea which way he had gone - possibly towards the river, or fallen into a culvert. But, luckily, he had headed north and ended up on 8th street!
We had notified the police, so, they were on the look-out as well.
We found him sitting on Bette's lap, after we had driven all around the town. He didn't know her, and she certainly had no idea who this little boy belonged to! He had seen a dog come by our yard and ran after it, then he became disorient.
So, this was the beginning of new neighbors and friendships on the 500 block of 8th street! Ironically,we moved a few months later to 512 - two houses away from the Kupers.
That was four decades ago! Swards moved in next door, Zwarts and Peterson's to the north of us.
There were plenty of kids around and they could always find something to do. A lot of times they were grounded for things they shouldn't have done. When that happened to Scott and Kevin, they would sit out on the wall and patiently wait until grounded time was over!
Doug (our oldest) and Steve Kuper were the guitar players and singers. All the Kupers were the entertainers and still carry on, performing everywhere. You can catch Steve every Sunday morning on TV playing with his group at Our Saviour's Lutheran church in Sioux Falls.
You can add the Zwart kids and the Petersons. What a wonderful blockful of great music!
Four decades is a long time, but the years make for a lot of memories that can never be forgotten!
Mostly good, but, sad ones, too. We still miss Lowell and Terry.