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37 YEARS TOGETHER

By Tina Neumann


Was He an Angel with a bright light aurora around his head and body that caught my attention the first time I saw him standing in the dark room with people all around? He stood out so brilliantly.


Was this a sign that He was special?

The next time I saw Him, He and I were alone together washing clothes in a public laundromat at our apartment complex. There we were, one washing machine available, He motioned for me to take it, graciously. We began to talk.


Did He have any idea that He had touched me before by His bright light illuminating from his body? No. We kept talking and the more we talked the more interesting He became. I wanted to dig deeper into who He was. He asked me out for dinner.


I can’t remember where we went to eat. It is all a blur now but I remember the kiss afterwards. Phenomenal.


Within three months He, Allan Neumann, had a new job in Waco, Texas at a candy company as a chemical engineer. He came back to visit me in Knoxville, Tennessee during those three months where we got to know each other quickly. Phone calls nightly. Soon, I was in my first airplane ride to Dallas to live with my new love in Waco.


My mother was livid. Back then, it was a horrible thing to live with someone unwed so I was disowned until we married several years later.


Over time, with Allan’s engineering job, we moved to several cities in the U.S. Eventually, I went to nursing school and became a surgical nurse.