Today I experienced something I never thought I would. I reconnected with an old friend from college, one I had not seen in over 20 years. It was simply amazing. I’m so very glad to know that she is happy, has a wonderful family, and is loved. I knew she would be the latter, as she is just a wonderful person. Really, to know her is to love her.
It was about two weekends ago that I finally found her on Facebook. I was working on some client files and had taken a break. I had been thinking about her for several weeks, on and off, things just going through my head like I needed to reconnect with her. I wondered where she was, what she was up to these days, and I remembered all the fun times we had in college. It was something in my mind that day that caused me to give a Facebook search another shot, and this time, I found her! I had searched many times, to no avail, and then all of a sudden it was like I just knew I had to look once more. It was destined to be that day.
We talked for a couple of weeks on Facebook and on text, planning a reunion. Today was the day. I was nervous, thinking what if I look old, what if I’ve change so much. We were set to meet at 12:30. My Sweetie went with me. We pulled up to the spot. I saw her and her family in the distance. I grabbed a tissue, knowing I’d need it. Heck I’d cried for an hour or more the day I found her on Facebook, did I think today would be different?
Getting out of the car, I walked calmly for a bit, and then I literally started running towards her. I have never done that before. It was like in a movie, where the people run across the airport. We hugged, cried, hugged some more, and then we talked. We shared stories of the past twenty years. She is the only person who I know now who knew my ex. She is the only person who knows so many things about my first taste of freedom and college.
I am so very grateful for social media on this day, especially. If not for Facebook, I might never have found her. I don’t care who people say about social media being bad. It can be, I’m sure, if used for the wrong things. But, when it brings long lost friends, loves, or relatives together, it’s a good thing.
Go search for that person you miss. You might just be surprised and find that you’ve found him or her. You might find yourself running across a parking lot or airport terminal just like me.
Be sure to bring your tissues.