I have two cousins named Dave; one from my dad's side of the family, and one from my mom's side of the family. I (and most of my extended family) had lost touch with both of them. One of them I probably hadn't seen, heard from or heard about in almost 50 years. The other one I hadn't been in touch with in 30 to 35 years. It's been amazing that in the last year, through interesting circumstances, I've had the opportunity to reconnect with both of them.
The Dave from my dad's side of the family sent flowers when my brother passed away. I don't even know how he found out since he has lived in another state for a V-E-R-Y long time. The funeral director gave me his address so I could send him a thank you card. We've been keeping in touch ever since. I'm enjoying getting to know him again. He's got a great sense of humor.
I very recently reconnected with the Dave from my mom's side of the family. When I was visiting my son in LA, we were watching that reality show about the pawn shop in Los Vegas. While watching, someone came in with a bullet from WWII that was made into something... I can't remember what. It reminded me that I was in possession of a WWII bullet that was made into a lighter by one of my uncles. When he returned from the war, he gave that bullet lighter to my parents. My mom gave it to me about 30 years ago. While watching the "pawn" show it occurred to me that my cousin might like this lighter since his dad made it. I got his number from our mutual aunt and called him. He was thrilled to get that artifact and we are now reconnected.
Also within this last year, I have reconnected with the two girls - women - that I used to babysit from 1962 through 1968. How wonderful to find them again and see what amazing women they've become.
I'm enjoying getting to know them as adults. We've become friends.
I don't know what, if anything, will come from these reconnections. I don't know if it means anything. I don't know how long it will last. But for right now I'm loving the fact that my family has expanded to include these wonderful people.
If you have the opportunity to reconnect with long lost family or friends, DO IT. I guarantee that it will enrich your life.
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