In just a short time, my granddaughter Natalie will graduate from high school. I could not be prouder of her nor happier for her. I can remember her when she was very young and very strong-willed and her strong-willed father called me for advice. “What worked with you, Michael?” “Nothing” was his response. “Good luck,” was mine.

A voracious reader as a youngster and a gung ho Girl Scout. She was enamored with House, and ga-ga over Les Mis. Much to our joy, Natalie loved God early. And then, of course, later she loved Dakota but not in the same way. An artist’s eye with a camera and a perceptive writer, over and over she gave me reasons for joy. First she wanted to be a Park Ranger, but now a journalist. But since she was president of her high school student council as a freshman–who knows. She’d certainly be an improvement over the current occupant–even now.


Natalie loved to play the Geek, but she was a stunner come prom time. She was her Dad’s golf partner since he had no sons, his chief marketer for Mikey’s Burgers and Fries, and a great confidante to mom Melonie. And a patient older sister with her younger sibling Ashley who kept beating her for a time at minigolf.

Because we lived so far apart (she in Michigan and I in Pennsylvania), most of our communication was by Facebook. I remember one night when she got in trouble for having a late night conversation with Grandpa, which I innocently mentioned to her Dad – who had banned her from Facebook for one of the usual teenage violations.1620975_794671487223396_4968315604694787685_n

As she heads off into the more adult world, I just want to say,”Natalie, I love you. I am proud of you and happen to really like the you that you have become. I will pray for your regularly. And who knows, maybe some day you will become the fourth Dr. Dunn in this family.



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