After I graduated from grade school I went to visit my grandmother in Germany. While I was there I spent some time at my uncles Bed and Breakfast. It was in a small little town called Ludwigswinkel.
Now Ludwigswinkel was far away from everything and was known for the clean and healthy air. There was a clinic, for people with lung ailments right there on the lake.
One of the patients staying there would come to the B&B for cake and coffee with her daughter. We were the same age and got along splendidly.
The day came that she went back home and I went back to the US and we remained pen pals for years.
When my family moved to Germany she came to visit and it was the same. She was a friend for life.
Over the years we visited each other, called and kept writing.
Just before I moved to Hawaii she had a bit of a melt down, divorced her hubby and I lost track of her. Letters came back, parents changed their number. Not a trace.
I remember her last words...Don't leave Germany with out letting me know....but I just couldn't find her.
Every year on her birthday I send out a prayer and a birthday wish, hoping that she was happy and well.
I didn't give up looking...I googled her name didn't find anything. I joined forums from her home town and asked around, if anyone knew her or her family....no responses.
As I was packing up "stuff" on Friday I came across my old address book and I had her parents old address in there and I thought what the heck...google the address.
To my great surprise her family name popped up...with a phone number. I was a bit nervous....but this was the best luck I had in years.
I gave it a shot and a man picked up the phone..I asked for my friend, told him who I was....and he remembered, he was her brother! He took down my phone # and promised to forward it to my friend.
This morning she gave me a quick call (from her cell=very expensive), updated me that she has become a mother and remarried her ex husband (I really liked him and am soo happy they are back together).....She said that they don't have a computer and don't go online, but she will write me a nice long letter. Like so long ago....
We've been friends for almost 35 years....I'd say she's my oldest friend...and I'm happy to have found her again.
Aloha a Hui Hou