“Sister, sister, let us be….friends forever ’til the sea……” Kay and Okie

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Kay and Okie sister sister take my hand

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Sisters…Okie and Kay
Photo above taken on Kay’s 95 th birthday:  11/18/2013

sisters…a lifetime together

Okie Howe:  10/1/1916 – 9/07/2015
Kay Boyle:  11/18/1918 – 11/20/2015

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2011 photo of  3 of the Carleton sisters:  Okie, Esther and Kay

sisters okie kay esther

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Photos below from Okie, Kay and Esther’s childhood, on “the farm” on Carleton Road in North Sanbornton, New Hampshire. Photos also include their beloved father, Frank Carleton and mother Grammy Sal. (Gertrude Carleton)

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sisters okie kay and esther childhood photos

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A wonderful poem that Okie wrote for Kay, on Kay’s 75th Birthday, recounting a life time of adventures that Okie and Kay shared with each other

“They say we are old, could it possibly be?
Or are we still kids running barefoot and free?
Were the first early apples as good as we thought?
Was the echo so clear from our own wrestling spot?”

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sisters sisters take my hand first half~

sister sisters take my hand second half

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Link to a few of their adventures: Kay’s vivid description of Kay’s and Okie’s harrowing adventure while getting lost cross country skiing:  “The Way It Was….getting lost while cross country skiing in New Hampshire”       Okie’s version of that same adventure:  “Don’t call out the National Guard”   No wonder their husbands,  Clayt and George, were less than enthusiastic when Kay and Okie went out together on abundant adventures! You just never knew what would happen!  An apt quote from Okie: “Clayt, my husband, says as sure as shooting, one of these days Kay and I are going to get lost and he’ll have to call out the National Guard to find us. “


Another adventure:
Okie and Kay at a winter, Elderhostel, Outward Bound survival week at Hurricane Island in Maine. (Okie is on the far right wearing the red helmet and Kay is just to her left, wearing a blue helmet)
Kay and Okie outward boundAccording to Kay and Okie, it was an extraordinarily (!!!)  strenuous week that included outdoor winter camping in 2 person tents, sleeping with food and water in their sleeping bags so that the food didn’t freeze, outdoor cooking, climbing very tall ice walls with ropes and caribiners, trekking on skis or snowshoes and pulling all supplies on toboggans and in backpacks. For Okie and Kay to consider any outdoor activity to be “strenuous” was very unusual, so it must have been tough!

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An adventuresome and determined pair, indeed!
“They say we are old, could it possibly be?”

okie kay obstacles route 93

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……….whispers……….
so many positive and encouraging whispers

Okie if you walk softly

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“But if you walk softly,
perhaps you will hear
whispers from the families of a long ago year”


(those lines taken from: The Mountain Road, by Okie)

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perhaps we can listen for ongoing whispers
from Okie,  Kay and their much loved family
……….so many whispers……….
….so many positive and encouraging whispers…

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okie mountain road whispers so many lighter

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sisters okie childhood kay and okie old photos

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“Sister, Sister,  let us be
Friends forever ’til the sea
Gather waters, floods the lands
Sister, Sister, take my hand.”

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Kay and Okie sister sister take my hand together

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Lives very well lived!
Lived with richness, adventure, warmth, persistence, courage and abundance!
Lives very well lived!

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8 Responses to “Sister, sister, let us be….friends forever ’til the sea……” Kay and Okie

  1. Kathy
    Sorry to hear about Aunt Kay. She was very special. It was funny when Sarah was small Kay and Okie fought about who would teach her to ski and weather it would be cross country or downhill. Now Sarah is doing both and snowboarding.
    Pat and Sarah and I are thinking about you.

  2. Jean Greenlaw says:

    Love the poem!

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  5. Robin says:

    This is so beautiful, Kathy. Hugs to you.

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