Has anyone ever been contacted by someone through this online service?
Officially, as of last night, I have!
It’s a bit bizarre being contacted by someone you haven’t seen or heard from in 18 years. Bizarre, but nice. Quite honestly, she was the one person I have been waiting to show up there.
If you have never been to Classmates.com (you live in a cave), they have the free service for which everyone and their brother sign up. Then they have the gold service for which you can pay in order to be able to send email to the people you know. I had always said that if I saw her show up, I would pull out the credit card and send her an email.
When I looked last week, there was no one new. She must have signed up, paid for a gold membership and wrote me almost immediately. She beat me to it!
Her email was brief, but designed to open up a dialogue, which it most certainly did. I wrote her back and included a link to our family website, which tells at least a few years of my story. I’m sure the rest will be filled in eventually. I’m just thrilled she wrote.
This is actually the second reconnection that has been made over the last couple of months. The other is by a male friend of mine who got lost in himself for a few years, but is now on the right path.
Despite the fact that I haven’t seen either of these people in a while, I feel very close to them. Part of that is true because they are tangible. These are people I know in person and with whom I have had extremely personal relationships, full of heavy emotional stuff. Sure, there are lots of friends in a lifetime. But those ones who join you when you’re in the pits of hell are the ones who have volunteered to get some of that shit on themselves to stay with you during it all. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen them in 3 years, 6 years, or 18 years. They are still your friends.
Needless to say, I am feeling very blessed that these wonderful people are making second appearances. I would even go as far to say that this was fated. This really tips the scales toward real-life relationships after having a couple of problems in the virtual world. When I asked for guidance, I never expected to get such a quick response.