Redheaded, freckle faced Billie Mattis had only one real love in her life, William C. Hawke III. She was five when she had met him and he was nine. As she got older, she knew that his father, W.C. Hawke II and his wife, were somehow involved in commercial real estate and they brought William to visit them at their horse ranch on varying weekends. Their dads spent their time talking about investments and future projects, things that would help her family’s ranching business and ensure her and her sister’s future. Both their moms spent their time discussing the arts and cooking.
From their first weekend together, Billie, her sister Sandy and William occupied their time boating and fishing on their small lakes, and horseback riding. All under the watchful eye of the ranch foreman, of course, their friendship grew. But Billie’s playful and fiery personality and temperament, preferring to wrestle, or sword fight with sticks or handmade wooden swords, or to race their horses through the wooded sections of the expansive ranch, brought her and William closer. Continue reading “Thoughts about Billie Mattis…”