Best Friends Forever

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Best Friends Forever

October 14, 2013
posted by Tracy Baldwin

Congratulations to Lois M., of Walled Lake, Michigan, the September 2013 winner in our Little Red Stories contest!  She shared the moving childhood story of her and her best friend Shawn, who grew up together in the mid-1960s in Redford.  Here’s her story:

"From early on until I was about 9 and we moved away - which was some 40+ years ago now - my best friend was Shawn Stroh.  We did everything together (he even asked to marry me when we were about 6).  He had trouble walking - but as kids do, I ignored it and kept playing with him.  I even took to walking pigeon toed like he did to make him feel better (I still walk like that today). 

Anyway, his parents were terrific.  They bought him a very cool red wagon and I had him sit in the back and I would race up and down the sidewalks with him laughing in the back.  Or we would just sit in the back and talk about all the important things children share. 

We were inseparable.  We spent every minute of sunshine together.  He knew my every thought and dream and I knew his.

Shawn had Muscular Dystrophy and died in High School.   But we had the joyous time together of laughter, talking and just sitting in that wonderful red wagon.  Thanks for letting me share those precious memories."

Lois reports that Radio Flyer is still part of her life today:  “I always give a wagon as a 2nd birthday present to nieces, nephews, friends with kids and now grandkids, grandnieces/nephews … hoping that they all make wonderful memories like I did!”

Congrats again to Lois, who receives a $500 gift card to as a monthly winner.  Do you have a memorable story?  Share it today to be a monthly winner, or for a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000.

  • Lois' brother Jim takes Mr. Stroh for a ride.
  • Lois, the story's author, in 1964.