I must say that social media certainly has its advantages! Our family grew up with a certain young man and through the years and time, we all lost contact. We moved away – he joined the Air Force – and we just lost each other thru time. There were no cell phones then, only paper and pencil in which to keep in touch and the rotary type phones (either hanging from the wall or sitting upon a table). Anyone remember those? Here, let me show you should you not know… 8)
So, with that said, he was a vital part of our home and family life as we were his. He was – FAMILY. It has been years since we have seen him and/or heard of or from him. Though, thru this time we always wondered how he was and hoped he was well.
This morning, my older brother texted me at 7:00 a.m. and asked if I had a chance to try and locate him thru Facebook (as we discussed on my visit a few weeks back). Blurry eyed and not quite awake yet I replied that I had not, but I would look into it when I got up and got my day started. Once I was more awake and after getting ready for work, I proceeded to do a Facebook check of his name. His full name, including middle was not there. So, using just his first and last I began my search. And, wouldn’t you know – there were many in which to choose. One by one I went until I located a gentlemen I thought might be him. I proceeded to open his page and message him and stated the facts as they are: “Good day Alan. I am looking for an Alan originally from Homestead, who was in the Air Force, whose brother lives in Atlanta and whose mom lives in Ocala. Are you him by chance? I hope you are well and have a great day. Thank you for obliging me in this crazy message.” It was a chance I had to take. I had to know. Would you think I was crazy? Lol.
Upon receiving my message, he responded: “Depends.. Is this Dawn Marie from Homestead whose dad would find me and Randy anywhere and everywhere we weren’t suppose to be?” It was him for sure! I couldn’t believe it. We were both so excited to finally be back in touch after all this time. And my brother, well, he was very happy I found him. We chatted for a while, exchanged contact information and though I wanted to chat all day, I felt I must get back to work. If I must…
So, without the social media we have in this day and age, I probably would have not located such an important part of our childhood and our family. To this I say kudos to social media. One of the main reasons I do really like it.
Everything happens for a reason and though time all works itself out. The Angels were looking upon us this day and guiding us back together. The way it should be after all this time.