Hey, I gotta question for you? What’s the longest length of time you’ve ever been separated from a loved one until being reunited with them again? 5 years, 10 years, maybe even 20 years? How does four and a half decades sound?
About a week ago, my brother and I took a very special trip to see our father. It was the first time we saw him in 47 years. Yep. You read it right, 47 years, nearly a half a century!
It’s hard to express in words how it feels to reunite with a person you’ve been fond of your entire life,yet have only vague memories of. As small children, we knew him as this special character in our lives. To us, our dad (after his divorce from our mom) was more like a favorite uncle who would come by and spoil us , than your typical Dad figure. And through the years, it was special memories of him and the wonderful way he treated us, that actually helped us get through some pretty tough times.
Getting to spend some time with him again after so many years, was a very surreal, but very worthwhile experience. I mean, here’s the guy who brought us into the world, who up until this reunion, knew very little about us, nor we about him. Yet, almost as soon as we met, we somehow managed to get past that 50 year void in our lives, and had a great time rediscovering things about each other, and putting some of the missing pieces back together. As it turns out, he’s a pretty neat guy.
And guess what? ….. my brother and I found out that we have a 38 year old Sister ( who has 3 children of her own) whom we’ve never met. I wonder if she’s as curious about us as we are about her?