I come from the countryside. I come from a bunch of horticulture family members. My best friend was a farmer's boy.
Otis was inspired by a boy who sat across the aisle from me in sixth grade. He was a lively person. My best friend appears in assorted books in various disguises.
There was a boy in my building who was my best friend when I was growing up. There was also a mysterious person on my corner who we called the Laughing Man.
When I was in primary school, my best friend was a boy and we always goofed around, climbed trees, got holes in my trousers and muddied all my tops and things like that; a complete nightmare for the washing, but great fun.
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.
Boy, do I hate to lose.
Friend, you're HOPELESSLY hooked!