Jeanne and I. May 18, 2010.
I thought I was going to Maryland for a week. When the time came to go, I didn't feel well so I decided to stay home. My husband's daughter was graduating from an advanced nursing course and I decided it might be better for him to go alone and visit with his family. I didn't really feel I belonged in such an occassion though I was cordially invited.
Then just before he was to leave something happened.
I don't go on FACEBOOK, but when I get messages about comments or photo's from my family, I take a look. This day I did that. Son, Danny, caught my interest and I decided to take a peek.
My son Danny and my friend Jeanne.
A little ad said if you are looking for someone..type their name here ...etc, etc.
Many years ago when Pat and I were young and Pat was in the Marine Corp, we met another young couple.
Both men were Drill Instructors on the field at MCRD, San Diego. We became fast friends and were together any time the men were stationed with each other over the years. Jeanne became one of my dearest friends and we were together almost constantly for years.
Then once again our friend and her husband and children were transferred, this time across the United States. Years passed.
One day a letter arrived from my friend, Jeanne, that Bob, my husbands dear friend and buddy was dead under sad circumstances. Military life is hard...and can be complicated, especially back then. We are talking 50's and 60's.
Jeanne, of course had to leave the base.
We kept in contact for awhile and then...no letters. She was no longer at that address. Time passed and I lost her.
When men in the service went away back then...other then letters there was NO communication. If a man or woman was not good at letter writing...found it hard to communicate...well...it was tough. Life is not normal in the service. But that's another subject...too deep and complex for me to even want to go into at this age. That was then. Things have changed. Military life is so different as to not be recognizable to us old timers.
What happened and why didn't we keep in contact? Life happened! Who knows. Complications, moves, so many things...
So..in 2010, some 35 years later, I put my dear friends name into that little box. Pages of names came up...pages. I had tried once before to find her, by paying a company but no results. I thought she was dead. I was afraid she was dead.....and then...her beautiful face appeared in front of me. I SCREAMED! I burst into tears and tried to hug the computer...I touched her precious face..
Both our men were now dead, our children grown, we were grandmothers and had been for years ...so much had happened...so much!! And there she was in front of me! It said.."send this person a message..." I cannot tell you what I wrote...I don't remember..but...
And then the waiting began. My daughter in Georgia said, "Mom, sometimes people don't go on FACEBOOK a lot so be patient. I tried...
I looked down through her friends and found a name that was her daughters name but with a different last name. I decided to try and see if perhaps if not my friends daughter, at least I could get some information. IT WAS HER DAUGHTER!!! A quick reply came "OMG! Mona is that really you???!! I will call Mom right away..I can't believe it's you!" Soon Jeanne and I were in contact..then on the phone..hours on the phone, tears...plans..and she came this past Friday.
She didn't even know Pat had died...she didn't know about ...so many things..there was so much to say, to catch up on..I just kept touching her face..and crying..
She is this moment sleeping peacefully in my guest room!! Yes! After 35 years maybe more...she is here with me!
I met her at the car when she drove in :) ...she was only four hours away! I was not a great fan of FACEBOOK but let me tell you, they brought a miracle into my life.
So...that is where I have been this past week or more.. with my friend. My dear and precious friend!
She leaves for home today...but I'll never lose her again!
Have a wonderful day and we'll talk again soon...
Love and hugs,