Cumberland Times-News

June 29, 2013

She found that a ‘wealth of friendship’ was still alive

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— I only had a smattering of what the day held in store for me the day I walked into the Candlewyck located in Keyser, W.Va., for my 60th class reunion.

Praying that my dress looked as good on me as it did on the hanger, I stepped through the door and walked on down the hall.

To observe became my only motto until I saw the group of seniors that I had spent 12 years with at old Bruce High School.

For a second there I felt a little out of place until Monta Jean (Chaney) Kyle waved to me from a table on my right and welcomed me with a big warm hug.

Suddenly all those familiar faces began to register. There was Shirley (Rhodes) Vinci who I hadn’t seen for several years, Joan Powers who traveled the farthest, as well as Richard Wilson who offered the prayer, and I can’t remember when I ever spent a better time with more beautiful people in my life.

I won’t get into the method or details of the program and the meal, but I can tell you that everyone seemed to have a great time. It was not just the prayer, or the nourishing food; it was the wealth of friendship still alive after all those years; and I don’t know when I ever saw a more elegant group of people all gathered in one room for our 60th school class reunion.

So now, in about five years (2018 ) when you get your invitation to spend another fantastic evening with our graduation class of 1953 don't worry about your sore knees, or trembling fingers; your dress or if your tie matches your suit. Jump in your vehicle and head for your class reunion. You’ll never regret it.

Dixie L. Brinkman

Cumberland