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Another Facebook Miracle!

August 8, 2010
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As the only child of two only children, I had no aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers or sisters growing up. The closest thing I ever had to a sibling was my mom’s cousin Nancy, who lived with us while attending college as the 1960s became the 1970s. I was only about four years old at the time, but some of my fondest memories of early childhood were times spent listening to records with Nancy.

After college, Nancy got married and we eventually lost touch. She’d exchange a letter or card with my mom every so often for a while, but neither of us had been in contact with Nancy for more than 20 years. We don’t have too many living relatives remaining, which really hit home recently, when my mom found out (by stumbling onto an online obituary) that her (and Nancy’s) Aunt Mary had died…a year-and-a-half ago! While it’s definitely odd (and even somewhat infuriating) that nobody else in the family notified us of Aunt Mary’s passing, it’s emphasized the importance of trying to reconnect with the rest of the family.

Earlier this afternoon, as I was visiting my mother, we were discussing this very subject. I told her that I would really love to try and get back in touch with Nancy, and my mom agreed that she also would very much like to do so. I made a comment about doing a Facebook search later, but then remembered I had my trusty iPhone mere inches away. It occurred to me that I had not so long ago friended an old classmate of mine who also happened to be Nancy’s younger former brother-in-law. A quick scan of his friends list revealed – who else – but long lost Nancy!

I know it’s beyond cliché by now, but it really is miraculous to think how Facebook has turned what was once an absolutely Herculean effort into such a quickly-resolved afterthought.  It’s so great to be back in touch with Nancy, both for me and especially for my mom.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Minchew permalink
    August 8, 2010 10:45 pm

    I cannot believe that 5 minutes after giving you my telephone number that I was talking to your Mom! I am (and have always been) a big believer in family, so I am very glad that I now have a piece of my original family back. I look forward to getting together soon.

    • August 9, 2010 8:01 am

      It’s just incredible! We’re excited to be back in touch and hope to see you soon!

  2. Don Click permalink
    August 8, 2010 4:43 pm

    Bob,
    It’s truly a small world! I have met people in the Navy that remember friends from High school, and past ships from 20 years old or greater. And in the wierdest places, like the Phillipeans, Japan, and Hawaii!
    It’s crazy!
    I am glad you were able to get back in touch with Nancy!

    Take Care,
    Don

    • August 8, 2010 4:56 pm

      Thanks, Don! Hope all is well…

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