Josey and her mom and siblings lived across the street from my family during my middle school and high school years. She was a year ahead of me in school. She had an older sister and several younger brothers, so in essence we were both the middle child in our families.
I enjoyed spending time with Josey in our neighborhood, but I'm embarrassed to admit that I
Josey had a pretty tough life. Her mom was single and raising five children and there was no money for any extras in her life. She wore mostly hand-me-down clothes, ate the free lunch at school, and was overshadowed by a very popular sister who left home as soon as she was able. Josey suffered from epilepsy which caused seizures and gave other kids a reason to avoid or make fun of her at times.
But Josey had a winning personality and a beautiful smile. I don't think that I truly appreciated her friendship at that time in my life, but she obviously felt differently as you can see by this note she wrote on the back of her school photo.