Tuesday, May 18, 2010

~A MINI MIRACLE..ON FACEBOOK~

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,
Mona

37 comments:

Rebecca said...

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Now...remember this...God directs our every step. No coincidences in life...He alone leads and guides us.

I'm more happy than I can say. I feel your joy and shed some tears.

God is Good!

Yes!

He is GOODD all the time...

Love to you~Rebecca

Pat said...

What a wonderful story and a great ending...and a new beginning.

Warmest Regards,
Pat

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a precious and loving story. I am so happy you two found each other again. What a blessing. I know you have had the best time ever and this really is such a wonderful and precious miracle. Hugs, Marty

Gail said...

What a wonderfully great story! Enjoy your visit.

Brushed By An Angel said...

Wow, that story was so sweet it made me cry. I am so familiar with the military stories, I have lost contact with many wonderful friends and I am always checking facebook in hopes of finding them one day. So happy you found yours.

sissie said...

Oh Mona, I am so happy for you. What a blessing to know that you both could pick up where you left off and bond in friendship once again.

hugs
Sissie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderfully blessed reunion! I'm so happy for both of you.

Nezzy said...

Oh sweet Mona, I am so very happy for you. I can only imagine how thrilled you are. It's just a miracle that you two found each other after all these years. I'm just plumb tickled for ya!

God bless and you dear lady have the best day!!!

Aussiemade said...

That is the wonder of true friendship Mona isnt it. It is kind of like one of us just stepped out for a coffee and forgot to return. You seem to pick up almost where you left off! Such a joyful/emotion packed visit.

Connie said...

So happy for you both!!

Laura~DancesWithTeddyBears said...

Mona, your beautiful story brought tears to my eyes. I guess it's something we all dream about..finding a long lost friend. And you did just that. How wonderful, how beautifully wonderful.

Valerie said...

How wonderful!!! Facebook really can be useful regardless of what Betty White thinks! LOL

My mom just joined fb at the insistence of some friends. She really doesn't post...just checks on status updates, but I think that she too has reconnected with some long lost friends.

Take care,
Valerie

Amy said...

Mona...I'm tearing up with happiness for the two of you! What a wonderful gift!!!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Mona.....That is soooo sweet! I feel there could be a divine reason why the two of you connected again. Sometimes I think that our loved ones who watch over us have something to do with wonderful events in our lives. I am sure your husbands were watching from above!~Hugs, Patti

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is so amazing Mona! What a happy story and you just made my day with this sweet post! LOVE IT!
Cindy

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Oh Mona what a WONDERFUL thing to happen. I'm so happy that you and your friend were able to see each other again after so many years and all because you typed her name into Facebook...awesome! I'm sure it was hard to see her leave but she's not that far away thank goodness and I bet you've already made plans to see each other again. Thank you for sharing this with us! I hope you have a wonderful Thursday....Maura:)

Villa Maire said...

Isnt that wonderful to be able to locate old
friends. I did the same and it was so nice to
catch up...its nice to know that the friends we
meet along our path stay in our hearts always....

Tracy said...

Oh Mona, that is such a blessing! And she is only four hours away!!!
Tracy

Linda said...

This is the nicest story! I have reconnected on Facebook with many relatives that I had not heard from in years! Enjoy your visit with your dear friend!

AshTreeCottage said...

What a wonderful and happy ending. I am so glad that you two are back together again. I found a childhood friend I thought I had lost forever via the internet. That was a couple of years ago. Now we write each other nearly every day. Old friends are such great treasures!! Have lots of fun together!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Dawn said...

I'm so happy for you Mona. It must have been amazing to be reunited so quickly after being apart for so long and not knowing what happened to her. And she is only 4 hours away! It is such a small world isn't it?
Hugs,
Dawn

Johanna said...

Mona, it was so nice to read that happy story. Your happiness about finding your friend again really brings some tears in my eyes. Wish you a lot of good time with your friend Jeanne.
Greetings, Johanna

bj said...

Glory be!! I am so thrilled that you found her. You know the old saying, "New friends are Silver, Old friends are Gold."...and it is so true!! I am so happy for you both.
xo bj

Snappy Di said...

Such a sweet and heart warming story. SO glad you found one another again and can renew your friendship. How wonderful that she could come to spend time with you. Wondered where you were and now I know. *smiles*

Di

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Mona I could just feel your joy reading this girl...How great this is for both of you and her only living 4 hours away...As someone who has no friends left I found this truly moving...Hugs and smiles to you my Dear friend...Gl♥ria

racheld said...

That is EXACTLY where I thought you were all this time!!!

You had to be in the midst of a wonderful adventure, a bit of serendipity, a bit of Fate, a lot of Grace, and some credit to the modern miracle of this big world of the internet.

What a glorious thing to hear about this morning!! We've been outside planting our tomatoes (you should have seen our littlest with her tiny snub-nosed watering-can, giving each big pot a drink), and when I came in, I approached the computer with a great sense of anticipation and joy.

And here it is!!! You have much to think about and enjoy and remember, and plan ahead for the next time together.

rachel

linda said...

oh Mona everday i came to visit and wondered where you where thinking she must be treasure hunting .Well you where in a way you found your friend iam so happy for you.A child hood friend found me and i know how it feels .Some friends are just so special they know us in ways no one else does.Facebook is a great place iam still trying to find a girl i was close to i hope i get lucky one of these days .well you gals have a great time as i know you are .Hugs Linda

Star said...

How lovely for you both! I am so happy for you that you have found each other again. You must have had a lot to talk about. Because you are (slightly) older than me, it made me think. I must keep in touch with my dear friends because I don't want to lose them. They go way back and it is so easy to lose touch, as you say, life events come along.
Thank you for the reminder and good luck with your new found friendship.
Blessings, Star

KathyB. said...

I was an Army brat in the old days of the military you wrote of. We wrote letters every week to our father in Vietnam, both of his tours in Vietnam. You're so right about how important letter writing was, and really, truth be told, it still is.

I am so happy for you and your friend to have found each other! A real blessing for both of you.To have shared so many important times , lose contact, and now be reunited, WOW!

Susan said...

What a wonderful renunion! I'm sure you two will never lose track of each other again. I have a lifelong friend named Jeanne, too. She was my best friend in middle and high school. She pronounces hers as Jeannie. We may not see each other for years, but when we do, it's as if we just spoke the day before! There's nothing like old friends!

Balisha said...

What a heart warming story. You look like two peas in a pod.
balisha

Stella said...

Mona, As an army brat I know how it was to make friends and loe them when you were transferred to another base. I have so many friends I would love to see again. So glad you found yours. The Lord does work wonders.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Message to Linda...
Thank you Linda, for the sweet comment and well wishes. I write to Linda here because she has no blog...
Take care,Linda, and thank you!
Love and hugs,
Mona


To all of you who have written with such sweet things to say about this post...I want to thank you. Jeanne is home now and she called me this evening and we talked for an hour. I still got that rush of joy when I heard her on the phone...it is such a joy knowing where she is and hearing her sweet voice!!!
Mona

Natalia said...

Hello Mona!!!! I dont have blog either, but you know that Im a big fan of your blog....I love allthe stories, but I think this one is one of my favourites...

Its so good to heard that good things happend to you, you deserved it.

Natalia Carter

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Natalia Carter...you adorable, sweet, darling, baby girl of mine!! I am SO delighted that you commented on my blog...:):)
I love you, you know!! I cannot tell you how much!! Tell my precious Grandson hello for me and give him a hug!! I'll see you at Emily's birthday party soon!! I LOVE YOU!!!
Grandma Duffy

Annie said...

What a wonderful course of events, finding a precious, lost friend. Love this story!

Kim Shook said...

I've been dipping in and out of your wonderful blog for awhile now (Rachel from Lawn Tea was my introduction), but this is my first comment. What a warm, lovely story, Mona! When I hear someone moaning about the internet and what a waste of time it is, THIS is the story I'll be thinking of and perhaps, if the time is right, tell. Thank you for sharing it with us.