Some of you know I have a fondness for Dorothys (is it Dorothies?) having yet to meet one I didn’t like. It’s just one of those names that seems to attach itself to good people. Here’s the story of my very first Dorothy encounter.
I was selling real estate in a small firm in Massachusetts back in the 80s when a new agent joined us. We introduced ourselves and the conversation went like this:
Me: Hi, Dee. Wow, you’re the third Dee I’ve met this week.
D: Yes, I’m really Dorothy, but on the plane going over to Germany after college, I decided to become Dee instead.
Me: Oh, you went to Germany after college?
D: Yes, I used to be a teacher. I taught in Army schools over there.
Me: You’re kidding. When?
D: Oh, way back in the sixties.
D: (probably feeling a bit interrogated) On a small base just outside Stuttgart.
Me: You’re kidding. I went to Army school near Stuttgart in the sixties. What grade did you teach?
D: (Now surely feeling interrogated) Elementary school. On a little base called Boeblingen.
Cue the Twilight Zone music now.
Me: You’re kidding! That’s where I went to school. Kindergarten up to fourth grade. My second and third grade teachers were Miss Hamilton and Miss Dressel. You didn’t know them, did you?
D: Know them? They were my roommates! We were the best of friends.
Fade to Rod Serling speaking in that smoky voice of his…..we never know how we are connected, do we?
So here’s the fun part. I went home and got these pictures for her.
And she brought me black and white photos (you know the kind with the ruffled edges?) of her and the glammed-up Misses Dressel and Hamilton out partying in Germany. What I wouldn’t give to have copies of those photos right now. Over the years, Dee had lost touch with the two ladies, so I have no idea where they might be now.
And I can’t help but wonder…..what if I hadn’t met two other Dees that very week? We wouldn’t have had this particular conversation which led to our connection. Would we ever have put two and two together?
How about you? Have you had a Six Degrees moment? Do tell!
Thanks for reading,