Story Time: In Sept. 1963 I was a ‘New Kid’ at General H.H. Arnold HS, Wiesbaden, Germany. Sitting against the wall that first morning I was scared sh*tless. One person ‘reached out’ to me, Dana Shumard. I don’t know why but we became immediate friends, and kinda ‘hung out’ together for our Senior year. Upon graduation we went our separate ways…
On occasion I would “find her” for a couple years, then we would lose each other again. I knew however, that she lived here in New Mexico. When I decided to come out here to Albuquerque, I looked for her again – and I found her again!
Yesterday she and her husband met me for lunch! We had not seen each other for 50 years! That first hug is one I will treasure forever. Later the evening we met again at the Overseas Brats Regional dinner here in ABQ.
While we never ‘dated,’ I have carried her in my heart for all these years. I don’t know why; maybe she touched my soul that sunny morning in September 1963. I am so blessed to have “found her” once again, and I know it!