Miracles on FB Street

I have been amazed by social media and how it’s allowed us to “keep in touch”. I started on FaceBook a couple of years ago I guess mainly as a tool to be able to share photographs with family and friends. It has morphed into a social event! I absolutely love FaceBook and have been amazed at the people I have found on there and how I have been able to reconnect with some long lost friends and family.

I am organizing my 35th high school reunion next year and plan to use FaceBook as our main source of contacting people. I did our 25th reunion and used Classmates.com at that time but I think a lot of people don’t use that anymore but they do use FaceBook. And those I can’t find on FaceBook, I’m sure I can either find a relative or someone they know that does that can get me their info. Not sure how I end up getting roped into this but I’m pretty sure it’s because I have a hard time forming the word no and no one else wants to do it. They say I’m so good at it… only because they don’t want to do it, I’m sure! But I don’t mind, really, since I DO love to talk. It’s just a little harder because I graduated from high school in Virginia and I live in Georgia. I’ll just have to rely on a great support committee!

Even better than the class mates I’ve found are some of my old friends. Geez, I even found my old next door neighbor that I had when I first moved away from home when I was 18 years old. He was a police officer and he and his wife and little girl lived in the other side of the duplex I lived in. They were pretty much my family away from family and my guardians. He was pretty much my protector. I had a stalker way back then who used to call my house all the time and scare the crap out of me and I’d get scared and think I’d hear someone in the attic or prowling around outside or my stalker would call and not hang up the phone and I’d bang on the wall and he’d come over and pretend to be my husband to try and scare the guy off and when he’d hear his voice he’d hang up. Funny thing was I always thought it was because he really thought this guy was my husband. Turned out (I found out years later) that the guy was a police dispatcher (which is why he always had my phone number since I worked in conjunction with the police department) and he knew my neighbor wasn’t my husband because he knew us both but since he worked with him he was afraid he’d recognize his voice! This was back before caller ID or Call Return or any of that stuff. Anyway, he and his wife had separated and he’d moved away and I’d moved away and somehow we found each other on FaceBook! So weird. But GREAT!

I think my most favorite reconnection that has come about because of FaceBook is my long lost niece. My brother and his ex-wife had a very bitter divorce and through circumstances beyond his control, we lost contact with their kids. The oldest was his step daughter but he always thought of her as his daughter and so did we. After she got married and moved away I had no idea how to contact her and had heard through “the grapevine” that she didn’t want to hear from us so I never reached out. I really missed both of them though. I just wasn’t sure of how to go about contacting them.

Then last summer my sister found her through FaceBook and I through her. I didn’t want to scare her off or overwhelm her and knew I needed to handle it with kid gloves so as not to upset anyone else either. I knew I was going home to Virginia to set up some stuff with the party we had for our parents 60th anniversary so I asked her if she’d mind maybe meeting me for breakfast or lunch or dinner. She agreed and then I asked if she wanted to see her grandparents and she agreed. I knew my parents wanted to see her so I just told them I was taking them to dinner and didn’t tell them we were meeting her. Let me tell you, the looks on their faces when they saw her standing on the sidewalk was priceless and the tears of joy that were shed warmed my heart. It was the first time they had seen each other in I think about 10 years.

My brother with his long lost daughter

With his daughter and his grand daughter he had never met

With his daughter and grand daugter he hadn't seen in like 10 years

My dad with his long lost grand daughter

Even better than that, she came to my mom and dad’s 60th anniversary party and brought her whole family and my brother was there with his new family so he got to see her again too and I think it made him very happy too. Everything isn’t all worked out but these things take time and through the miracle of social networking we have found our little long lost flower and her offspring and those seeds that were planted are taking root and growing and I feel confident that some day we will be able to make a connection with her sister. FaceBook is a miracle worker in my book.

This was my entry for this week’s Writer’s Workshop from Mama Kat at Mama’s Losin’ It! I chose prompt #5.) Social media is an amazing way to reunite with old friends. Describe a good or not-so-good experience you’ve had with it. If you’d like to play along, head on over to Mama’s Losin’ It and hook right on up!

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23 Responses to Miracles on FB Street

  1. Ron says:

    “the looks on their faces when they saw her standing on the sidewalk was priceless and the tears of joy that were shed warmed my heart. It was the first time they had seen each other in I think about 10 years.”

    Oh wow, I got chills when I read that. How WONDERFUL, Peg! It’s like an ‘Oprah Moment.’

    Great photos!

    I’m on FB, yet I barely use it. I’ve heard so many wonderful stories (like yours) about people reconnecting with friends and family members.

    Fab post! And really like the title – very clever!

    Have a terrific Thursday!

    X

  2. auntbethany says:

    Your post title caught my eye because my web site is called “Miracle on 32nd Street.” What an amazing reunion story. Facebook really is a great tool to stay in touch with loved ones and old friends. It’s a very touching story…great response to Mama’s prompt! I chose to write an ode to a stale cookie…not emotional at all, just good fun!

  3. Share says:

    that’s awesome!

  4. Peggy, that’s a wonderful example of how things can really work out for the best. I’m on FB because my daughter in law set me up. I look at it sometimes, but don’t really understand it.

    One thing I do understand is how wonderful it is to have met you on this site. Yesterday, I opened the front door and saw a little package on the front porch. I brought it in and saw that it was from you. To my complete surprise there were these wonderful packages of “White Trash”! I had never heard of this treat, and when you wrote about it, I asked you what it was. When you explained how to make it, it didn’t really sound that good to me.

    HOW WRONG I WAS! Within 15 minutes of opening and tasting the first taste, I had devoured two complete packages. It will be a miracle if there is any left when Alex gets home on Friday.

    Thank you so much, you darling woman, for doing something so extraordinarily nice! (Plus, you are helping me keep my winter weight and we both know how important that is!) You are a doll!

    • pegbur7 says:

      You are so welcome Linda. Whe you said you’d never tried it, I had to share. I can’t keep all that winter weight to myself now can I? It’s like cereal on crack! You can’t stop eating it!

  5. Carol says:

    I got on Facebook to keep up with what my kids and grandkids are doing, but then recently found a cousin I had never met, whose brother and sister I have not seen for over 50 years. For that, I love it!

  6. Jennifer says:

    What a wonderful story! It’s amazing how Facebook can make the world seem a little smaller.

    Visiting from Mama Kat’s!

  7. Aww..that’s awesome that you found her and that she was open to reconnecting with all you. It’s funny how Facebook can bring us in touch with people who touched our lives in different ways over the decades.. 🙂

  8. Now, that is a Facebook miracle I can appreciate! And no apps! 🙂

  9. Ginny Marie says:

    It does seem like everyone is on facebook these days! The story of your niece is so great! I hope you’ll still be able to stay in touch with her, and that your brother will continue to be able to see his grandkids!

  10. terrepruitt says:

    This is great. I am so happy for you and your family. As you said it takes time to heal things so good for you for STARTING the process.

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  12. Dianna says:

    Wow – this is an amazing story. I, too, love FB and the reconnections it makes possible.
    AND, I too, organized my class reunion this year – it was our 40th (how can that be?!)
    AND I live in VA. Drop me an e-mail and let me know more about where you grew up. My e-mail address is on my “About” page on my blog
    Nice to “meet” you, and again – I love this post!

    • pegbur7 says:

      Thanks so much! I left you a note on your about page about being from “Walton’s Mountain”. A little town called Schuyler. I will drop you an email later. I just wanted to hook up to the link and do my duty of dropping by the 3 in front of me before I head out the door to get my daughter’s tire fixed. Don’t want to get there too late. I’ll check back this afternoon when I get back home! SO nice to meet you!

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