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May 28, 2013

Buried treasures now accounted for

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NORMAN —

Her Aunt knows nothing about it.

“Probably a ghost from the past,” she comments. “Or someone was watching you.”

Shiver.

Shared experiences matter. Even when the unexpected happens, most folks hope not to be alone.

Claudia and Martin travel home to visit relatives each summer from California. One time, they decide to drive by the place a youth center once stood that they helped build. Even though had been warned, they were shocked to see it completely destroyed.

“We moved the church and youth center to a brick building after the big storm,” her dad explains. “That ‘big one’ flattened the former church and pushed it over onto the center.”

Claudia cries to hear that.

“It’s sad to think of all the hours everyone spent building and finishing the center. All of it gone in a matter of seconds.”

“Yes, it’s a sad thing,” Martin agrees.

“Anyway, as the saying goes it’s an ill wind that blows no one any good,” her dad says. “When the old building blew over onto the center, it unearthed a great deal of money in bags. Talk about surprise. But no one claimed it, so we built the new church with it.”

Go figure.

Shirley Ramsey, a retired professor of journalism, lives in Norman.

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