It happened because of Facebook. I had recently become Facebook friends with Chris Kimbrow. I had known Chris as a child and had lived next door to her in Kennett. Chris made the connection and sent me an invitation to become Facebook friends. Terry Joe noticed that I had added Chris to my friends list and sent me an e-mail: "Was Chris one of the Tywhappity Kimbrows?"
I wrote him back and told him that I didn't think Chris was a Tywhappity Kimbrow, but I wasn't sure since I didn't know what that meant. Terry responded that Tywhappity was a place and shared this story:
I remember a presentation I gave to the Rotary Club in Fort Smith in which I mentioned where I was born. I told them the best way to find Bark Camp was to look on the map. We were four miles from Poole's Chapel, eight miles from Tywhappity and two miles from a place called Two Mile. The president of the club asked if that statement met the 4-Way Rotary Test, the first question of which is "is it the truth?"
I invited him to come with me to do some quail hunting. After breakfast at Bark Camp and hunting at Poole's Chapel, we were driving down the road and I saw the Two Mile Church in the distance. My brother, Tony, was with us and I asked him what the building was. He replied, "The Two Mile Church." I asked if anything significant had happened to him there and he answered ,"I was married there." Then I asked where his wife grew up and when he replied "Tywhappity". My friend the Rotary President nearly fell out of the truck.
Back to Terry's original question: Is my friend Chris one of the Tywhappity Kimbrows? It turns out that she is, by marriage. Her husband and his brother went to school with Terry Joe and Tony, after they moved from Tywhappity and Bark Camp Schools to a rural consolidated school. Both Bark Camp and Tywhappity Schools closed years ago.
It's a small world -- made even smaller by Facebook, blogs and other tools that bring us together through technology. But it's hard to imagine a place (in the real world) any smaller than Tywhappity or Two Mile or Bark Camp. The only thing harder would be to imagine a world without such places.