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Finding Dick

Chrystal Clear

Unlike my normal girl’s weekends with my 96-year-old grandma where we discuss her hobby of investing in the stock market, my career, or my love life, this visit was quite different. Surprisingly, I found myself discussing HER love life.After we finished dinner, my grandma darted upstairs to retrieve a scrapbook that she had made in 1927 after spending time in Switzerland. As giddy as a schoolgirl, she flipped the pages until she found what she was looking for: Dick Dutton, the Australian babe who was studying at Oxford and was, like my grandma, spending time in Switzerland during a school break.The two instantly fell in love and after continuing to write to each other while she was home in New York and he in Australia, he planned a trip to the U.S. to visit her.After spending a week at her family’s house, her father decided that it was not in her best interest to continue her relationship with the Aussie, and the guy was history. She stopped returning his letters and calls and in time moved on.She eventually met my grandfather, got married and had three children. She, however, never stopped thinking about Dick Dutton.Although she had a great family and a loving, practical and supportive husband, there were times when she wondered what it would have been like if she had ended up with the Aussie.After seeing my grandma’s excitement in telling me the stories about the times they had in Switzerland, I realized that out of my own curiosity, I had to log onto Google and look up Dick Dutton.I was pretty sure that he was dead, but who knows? He probably assumes the same of her. Maybe they could be reunited at 96!If not, maybe I would at least be able to answer some of my grandma’s questions about what Dick’s life turned out like. I promised my grandma that as soon as I was back to my computer I’d start my detective work.All of this made me think, Do I have a Dick Dutton? Sure I do we all do. If you think for two seconds, I’m sure a name pops into your head.There will always be someone that each of us wonders about. Even if we know that the person we end up with is a better match for us, we will still wonder what life would have been like had we chosen a different path. I guess the key is making sure that you have sufficient closure with your Dick Dutton so that it doesn’t haunt you into your 90s.Stay tuned on my Google search.Crystal Clear is a socially savvy Vail native who brings a female’s opinion and pointers to The Trail. E-mail her at

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