Discovering Dana

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!




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