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Some Things Never Change: A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on June 24, 2015

How It All Began

I haven’t a clue!

We’re talking about a fifty-two year landscape. Some memories are as clear as a mountain lake. Some have faded and may never show clarity again.

I know it began as freshmen in high school. At some point in time, during that tumultuous first year of higher learning, we met. At some later point we sat down and discovered a shared love of baseball and bowling. At some point, we became friends.

Two introverted, shy freshmen in a sea of testosterone and manufactured self-confidence, we seemed to gravitate towards each other. We were the dull brown walking among a sea of dazzling plumage. We were the unassuming, the chameleons, the extras in someone else’s play. Social settings confused us. We were poster children for the freaks and the geeks, the shy and the just plain weird.

Perhaps it was only natural and predictable that we gravitated towards each other.

Just before meeting Frank, in need of a best friend
Just before meeting Frank, in need of a best friend | Source

Let Me Introduce You To…..

Francis Anthony Zderic and William Dale Holland.

Two peas in a pod.

Twin brothers from different mothers.

Back then Frank was a year older, one inch taller and fifteen pounds heavier. He was faster than me; I was stronger. We both wore black-framed glasses. Both had prominent noses and short hair. From a distance you might not be able to pick us apart. Get to know us and you would swear we were related.

Frank came from a large family, a seemingly never-ending flood of siblings, all third-generation Slavs. I was a mutt, an adopted Heinz 57, and my only sister was married and gone. Our parents were middle class, hard-working, old-school, no-nonsense billboards for domesticity. They loved their children, provided a stable environment for their children, and demanded that their children understand respect, responsibility and the value of an education. There was laughter in both homes. There was love in both homes. I was instantly accepted in his home and he in mine.

The friendship grew.

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall

And the years moved on, and the two stumbling, bumbling freshmen became sophomores, and juniors, and seniors, and the friendship grew. Springs and summers meant baseball. Falls and winters meant bowling. Twelve months per year meant laughter. The painful high school years were less so because of our friendship. We gained self-confidence from each other. We supported each other. We were highly competitive but never with each other, choosing instead to be each other’s cheerleader in all competitions. His successes were my successes, and mine, his, and days became weeks and weeks, months, and defeats joined triumphs and tears joined laughter, and somehow those two incredibly shy freshmen were choosing colleges and lo and behold, shocker of shockers, they decided to attend the same college, Seattle University, and to be roommates.

And oh my Lord did we have fun, too much fun, way too much fun, totally irresponsible fun at the expense of grades, and parents blew gaskets and responsibility was slowly learned, and facts and figures were force-fed into our brains as Vietnam raged and Grace Slick sang of rabbits and Cream of white rooms, and peace out, baby, make love, not war, a whirlwind of sensory overload for the two boys from Tacoma, Washington, twin brothers from different mothers.

The seasons continued to change, the friendship continued to flourish and then one day, college was in the rearview mirror and it was time to grow up, dreaded responsibilities entered the picture, jobs had to be secured, bills had to be paid, women had to be dated, marriages had to be arranged and when time would allow, the two friends still found time for a game of catch, a game of tennis, slowpitch leagues and bowling leagues, divorces came, healing roadtrips, always to the background music of laughter.

Then there were children, and responsibilities doubled, tripled, and time spent together decreased and eventually ended. Separate states, to and fro, Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, California, Vermont, losing touch with each other, more jobs, lessons learned and memories were all we had.

Twin brothers from different mothers, cast adrift, ten years, twenty years, no contact, no clue….and then…..

Best friends for life
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Thank You Facebook

Unbelievably, even though in today’s world it is practically impossible to be anonymous, Frank had managed it. He had no online presence. He had moved so often that it was impossible to track down his current address or phone number. For five years, on and off, I tried to find my best friend, and each attempt was met with frustration. I knew he was in Ashland, Oregon, but short of driving down to that city and standing on a street corner with a placard, I had no clue how to find him.

And then one day, three weeks ago, I received a phone call. I didn’t recognize the number, which usually means I won’t answer, but for some reason this time I did….and it was Frank. He had been visiting a friend and asked his friend to look me up on Facebook. Just a whim. Just a shot in the dark….and there I was, plastered all over, easy to find, easy to contact, pick up the phone, punch in the numbers, say hello, this is Frank…..

And the years came roaring back, the memories cascaded over me, and I found my eyes had suddenly grown wet, must be allergies, must be dust in the air, must be….love for my best friend.

He was coming back to Olympia, visiting a friend, seeing relatives in Tacoma, would I like to get together? Are you kidding me, would I like, name the time and place and he did and last week we did, and the car pulled to the curb out front and the door opened and Frank stepped out and the years disappeared and we were hugging, laughing, remembering, two Medicare members transported back in time, simpler times, before the responsibilities, the heartaches, and amazingly…….

My two best friends, Bev and Frank
My two best friends, Bev and Frank | Source

Happy Endings

We both had arrived at the same place. We both had tossed aside the mundane in life and wrapped our arms and psyches around the most elusive of gifts….we were both happy. We were both married to marvelous, loving women. We had both found peace. We had both come to terms with who we are, who we were, what we had done and what we now do, and we were content in that knowledge.

We reunited and it was beautiful. For three hours we relived those times, but more importantly, for three hours we affirmed the present and the future.

The afternoon ended with hugs and the promise of another meeting in three months. There will be emails and text messages, and the next time we see each other I’ll have a baseball glove, and Frank and I will go to the park and play catch and shag flyballs. Bev already mentioned us driving down to Ashland for a visit. She instantly loved my best friend, and it was obvious he felt the same for her.

So it is a happy ending and yet not an ending at all. We are healthy, he and I. Hopefully we will share many more memories together before the curtain falls on our mini play, but when that moment does arrive, when one of us passes on, the remaining twin brother will smile and know that life is good when we are blessed with extraordinary friends.

Nothing he and I did over the past fifty-two years has been newsworthy. We never commanded the center stage. We never made millions. We were just two shy introverts looking for our places in this life. And yet what we formed was remarkable, a friendship that lasted over half a century, a friendship based on mutual respect and love, and because of that friendship I am a better man today.

Some things never change!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 2 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Wow! You sure make my heart pump.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you my friend. That's a good thing, right? LOL I appreciate you.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Aw, I loved reading this here today and so happy you both got to finally reunite after all this time. Definitely a wonderful ending (of sorts) and for once Facebook led to something absolutely amazing and awesomely good! Happy Wednesday Bill and hoping you are able to stay cool now with the late, June heat.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I just had to share this news with everyone. I sure missed Frank over the years.

      We don't do heat here, especially in June. This is going to be a long summer if this continues. :) Bring on Fall! LOL

      Happy Wednesday dear friend, and thanks again.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      How awesome! You are absolutely beaming in that pic, Bill. What a wonderful surprise and now you and your twin from a different mother can pick up where you left off. The best part is you both now have partners to share in your joy and friendship. I am so happy for you!

      Funny, as I was reading this I thought of Pete and Toby.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, how very perceptive you are. Pete and Toby...my friendship with Frank was the inspiration for that literary friendship. There really were no parallels others than the fact it was a friendship that lasted decades. :) Thank you dear friend.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Bill, what a wonderful story of two old friends finding each other and the

      friendship they thought was once lost.

      May you both have many days in the park and more time for making more memories.

      Beautiful story, Bill. Thanks for sharing.

      DJ.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I thought so, Bill. Did you tell Frank about Pete and Toby?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DJ! I hope your best wishes come true. :)

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, he's reading about them now. :)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

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      Hi Billy, such a wonderful hub, it made my Wednesday afternoon. I felt your pleasure and so enjoyed hearing about your reunion with Frank. Thank you for sharing.

      Sally

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I am so happy for both of you. Excuse me now, my allergies are making it hard for me to focus.....

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Wonderful to meet your old friend in the way. You two must be connected to meet in this way again. Your Hub just radiates happiness :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sally! I'm so happy you appreciated this and recognized the joy I feel right now.

      Happy Wednesday to you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop and good luck with those allergies. Tis the season for them.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      What a wonderful reunion? The internet has made it possible to find long lost friends.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Such a beautiful moment. I can imagine your joy and that of your friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Awww...that is so sweet. In this day and age when friendships are used and cast aside like Kleenex, it's heart warming to see two people who really know what friendship is all about. I'm happy for you for finding your bro.

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      David B Katague 2 years ago from Northern California and the Philippines

      An excellent example of what FB will be able to do. I have been trying to contact a college friend via FB for the last year, but so far no Luck! I am so happy for you Bill. I enjoyed reading this hub very much! David

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I'm so happy you two found each other again after so long a time! That is just wonderful. I'll bet you will never lose touch with each other again.

      I lost touch with the gal who was a Maid of Honor in my wedding in 1965. She found me on Facebook!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, I'm glad it radiates happiness because happy I am. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It truly has, Barbara. It is a marvel in that sense. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, I'm still smiling about it. We are going to go visit in September and I'm so looking forward to it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Zulma! I'm kind of happy for us both, too. Do you miss your friends from the old neighborhood? I would imagine it is quite hard to move overseas so far from loved ones and friends.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      David, thank you! I hope one day you'll be able to reunite with that friend of yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it's going to take death to separate us now. And I'm in no hurry for that to happen. :) I'm glad you reunited with your friend as well. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      The honest truth...no, I do not. I didn't really have any friends, just useful acquaintances and all my family are in Puerto Rico. I barely know them. I did have my cousin's daughter visit a year ago and that was nice.

      My real family and friends are here in the UK. I went through a lot to get to this moment of stability and happiness and I ain't giving it up without a fight. :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Our energy flow is just amazing. I hear that alcoholism progresses even during times of abstinence, it just keeps flowing along. I just love seeing old buddies and gals. It seems our energy flows right along and we don't really pick up where we left off, but rather where our flows meet again. This was a great read and wonderful story, thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I like that, "twin brothers from different mothers"! I cried just reading about your wonderful friendship and the poignant reunion that brought you back together. I don't know if I have ever had that kind of friendship with someone, but it sounds like it would be awesome!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Zulma. We pay our dues and deserve the happiness we are rewarded with. Good for you. I'm smiling because of your happiness.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I love your description. Energy flows....great phrase and I happen to agree with you. Thank you for that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, it's really only happened to me once and for me it is very special. Thank you for your tears and for caring so much.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      This is great! Both of you finding one another after so many years of gap. Social media site is a great tool for re-unioning people. I heard some more cases of father finding his lost son and another child leaving house with anger on parents and going out of contact traced by parents on facebook, and the like stories.

      Wish you both happy everlasting friendship and more happy moments.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Some bonds are so strong it doesn't matter how long you're apart.

      Beautiful hub!

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      Serenity Miller 2 years ago from Brookings, SD

      Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. I appreciate your kind words. Blessings to you and yours, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Larry! Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Serenity. I'm glad you enjoyed our good fortune.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you for sharing this deeply personal story. It is who you are, of course! ;-)

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      billy, you have that 1969 pic on a million of your hubs....everyone must know little bill by now.lol. nice share

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I couldn't be more happy for you. What a wonderful thing--that you found Frank (and he you), and then you found each other again. A friendship like yours is not an every day thing. It is something to cherish, and (obviously) you do. Blessings to you, and I pray you and Frank have many more years together.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I'm touched by the number of people who understand the emotions in this article.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Clive, he was such an adorable little guy. LOL I like to put him in the limelight from time to time. He certainly didn't know the limelight back then. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda. I have led a blessed life. There is no other explanation for the good luck and good vibes that have followed me, despite my worst efforts. :) Blessings to you always.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How beautiful Bill! There is something magical about the way friendships are formed. It is like a love that was always there and we simply dance around it until it all comes together and we just can't imagine a time it never was! I am so happy for you; I just barely missed my friend like that before she passed but I did get to know her daughter she never expected to have and now I watch her grandchildren grow up on facebook! You know...that would make a great hub....lol

      Keep bringing the love my friend ....

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      I set a question on the Net (can't remember where): 'Who was 'Chunky'?'

      To answer this question would take a fair bit of narrowing down, 1. The number of pupils 'processed' through the Eston County Modern School (ECMS); 2. The number of them who trawled the net at any time; 3. The number of them interested enough to answer the question and identify the individual we knew as 'Chunky'.

      'Chunky' was our woodwork teacher who handled corporal punishment with the boys (aged 11-15), a veteran in every sense of the word: veteran of the 1942-45 Burma campaign who'd been enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry (he was a Durham 'lad') and became an artillery spotter. Then he went into teaching Woodwork after WWII and became a big fan of the Bayreuth Music Festivals. When I first came to know him he drove a Rover 80 in British Racing Green (handsome car!).

      I had an e-mail one day a year or so ago from someone who'd been at the ECMS, starting the year after me. He answered the question and we communicated by e-mail after that until meeting at Normanby (near where the school was located in the Eston District).

      Having been smokers he and his wife were in a much worse state of health than my wife and me (we're more 'out-doorsy'), so I was a bit limited as to where I could take him on a drive around our area. I still think of the Middlesbrough area and the South Tees as home turf, although I get about a lot down here in Lunnon Town.

      I met 'Chunky' himself some years ago, (directed to him by my erstwhile History teacher) when my offspring were school kids. We visited him a few times together and I dropped in on him on my own when I had my first two Land Rovers. One question he asked me: 'Do you bear any grudge against me for the times I walloped you?' The answer had to be it was all water under the bridge. He was widowed by then and enjoyed our/my company. There were some health issues and he died a couple of years later. His niece sold the house (no kids of his own). We met once when I stopped off and learned the worst.

      I'm still in touch with another teacher, our Geography and Maths teacher who started a pottery business with his wife and daughter in the Dales near Hawes (the Moorside Cat Pottery at West Burton in Bishopdale. He and his wife are in their 80's, I get up there as often as I can .

      I've yet to make contact again with classmates, strewn around (it might not be as big as the States, but England is still big enough to lose touch with people. At least I get together with 'my lot' (family) from time to time. My wife's family is all fragmented, scattered around the South East and South of England between London and the Home Counties.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hi Bill.

      Magnificently illustrated friendship with your "twin brother" in this article confirmes that friendship as a spiritual force is real and endures forever.

      Friendship.

      A strong support of it we can find in the Book of all wisdom " and there is a friend that is closer than a brother."

      Voted up and beautiful.

      Blessings always my friend. It's great to know you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a wonderful story. I have a desire to get back on FB again. I would love to meet some good friends who got lost along the way. I loved your friendship story. Thank you for sharing Bill....

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackie! I love your description of it, and I'm so happy you were able to get to know your friend's daughter and grandchildren.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, always good to hear from you. I think it's remarkable that some of your teachers are still alive, let alone in touch. I seriously doubt if mine are still kicking but then I'm considerably older than you. :) Truth be told, I'm not terribly interested in looking up any of my other classmates. Frank was always the one I gravitated to. We do have our fiftieth class reunion next summer. I might go out of curiosity.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, you stated it perfectly. I am simply grateful to have had one friend as good as Frank during this lifetime.

      As always, my life is full of blessings.

      Thank you, Michael

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. What a great story. You and Frank certainly sound like two peas in a pod. It's wonderful that you were able to find each other, Facebook is good for something :).

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Awww, this is priceless! Just look at that photo there; you are smiling from ear to ear. Have we seen teeth before? Frank has to be your best friend for life to bring out such a smile of joy.

      I must confess, Facebook is good for reuniting old friends and finding long lost family members.

      Thank you for sharing of your beautiful friendship and what a blessing you are now reunited. Friendship is a special kind of love.

      This is my new favorite of your writings.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Hugs to you both and much love from southern USA

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago

      It's good that you have such a close, lifelong frien. Cherish the memories and make new ones, too.

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      The one who e-mailed me wasn't even a classmate. Being a year behind me and staying in the area (industrial skills) I wasn't even aware of him. I left the area to go to Scarborough during term time at art school and lost touch with most of my year, then went abroad for as many years. When I got back I couldn't find work in the area so went south, first to Nottingham and then after another three years to London. In London I moved around with my girlfriend/first wife (SW to SE and West London) before we split. I moved a couple of times again within West London and on to East London (not the one in S. Africa) where I met my second wife in 1978. What with one thing and another we moved a mile further east to where we are now and have been since 1984.

      Dizzy? I have itchy feet again (would like to move back North, back with my own lot as I don't need to live here any more).

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      If i didn't feel a tear I would be lying. The best part of the story was that you had this wonderful friend who made up for any other lacks you may have felt. How lucky for both of yoy--and you got to get together again. Love the story and its happy ending. Sometimes in life luck comes in very different forms...

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Bill, I am sitting here with tears running down my face. This was so beautiful, so wonderfully written. I am so glad that you found your friend again. There is nothing like an old friendship. My dear heart friend of almost 60 years is someone with whom I have never lost contact. We are often mistaken as sisters. We count our blessings often. To find a person who is so like a sibling, who can show us how the little things in life are the best gives us strength and faith in humanity. Those little things combined with love are so powerful!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Ruby! I'm glad you enjoyed this reflection. When I get some free time I'm going to try and look up more friends. I hope you do the same.

      blessings always, dear friend

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill. I'm glad you enjoyed our story, and I appreciate you taking the time to visit me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your new favorite, Faith? Then I must be doing something right. Too funny about me showing teeth. For two years I've had a broken front tooth, so I never opened my mouth to laugh. I went and got it fixed a month ago and this is the result. LOL

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is good for sure, Flourish, and we plan on making many more memories now that we've reunited. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, that's still remarkable. Like you say, England is large enough to effectively "get lost" and I find it amazing that connections are made even in a country the size of England.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, the fact that you feel a tear means I did my job as a writer...but it also means we all feel the connection of a close friendship and what it means to us all. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, thank you so much for your reaction. That's what I love about writing...we can tap into emotions that are common to us all. I'm so glad you stopped by and shared that with me.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, I already commented but can't see it showing up. Anyway, glad Frank found you and you could rekindle your friendship. I can relate. Great hub, touching.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello - this is a wonderful story. Glad you both kept each other in your thoughts and were able to reconnect. Boy, high school and college, that must be worth a couple hundred stories.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That happens from time to time, John. Thanks for being so diligent. I appreciate you taking the time to comment again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, thanks. I think we could have talked for days. We'll have much more to talk about in September when we see each other again.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you so much for your great story about friendship. I'm still in contact with a girlfriend from when I arrived in Utecht - Holland to study as a nurse. We studies together and went out. We both celebrated our 18th birthday together and today we re-connect through Facebook!

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      Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

      Awww, Bill, that was beautiful. You sure know how to take a personal event, and make it into something we can all relate to. I met up with an old friend that I hadn't seen for over nine years, and it was amazing how our lives, too, were so similar, even though lived far apart. I love how we can be connected with people, and not even know it. Loved this read, Bill. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's fantastic, Nadine. Congratulations to you two, and thank you for taking a moment to share in my wonderful experience.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sharilee! It is interesting how we end up so similar despite the miles separating us. Just one more thing in life I don't understand but am very grateful for. :)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Isn't it great when you have friends like that, when you can just pick up the conversation where you left off even when the words are parted by 20+ years? That's true friendship. It's not surprising that you were trying to find each other.

      Hope you have many more years of friendship now. I love a happy ending!

      Ann :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      My comment seems to have disappeared, Bro. This seems to happen when I put some effort and love into it. Let me give it a day and I promise to return and re-read and comment tomorrow, if it does not show. Excellent Hub!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! They don't come along very often but when they do, they are well-worth holding onto forever.

      Happy friendship to you, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I appreciate you trying. Don't worry about it. I know your comment was heartfelt and sincere and I appreciate it without seeing it.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Strange that I regard you as a friend even though I've never met you (though of course these days you can 'tick' as a friend on many internet sites!). I'm sure we could talk to each other easily if we ever met! How good is that?!

      I know that I'm delighted to have your friendship here on hubpages.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Ann! It is a bit strange, but some of my very good friends are people I've never met in person. I find that remarkable and I hope to experience much more of it.

      Sweltering here. My job in the afternoons is to keep the animals alive. :)

      bill

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      Beautifully told account of a wonderful event. Your joy shines through. Thanks for sharing it.

      A couple of years ago I found my Favorite teacher on the internet. He was 92-- and still posessed his wonderful mind. He was the one who told me I could write-- though I needed to work on spelling. I did not get to see him in person, but exchanged a couple of emails, and was glad to be able to express my gratitude to him. The contact felt good. He died a few months later.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      What a great happy ending / new beginnings story, Bill. Thank you for sharing this most heartwarming story with us. More power to you both.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've described a wonderful friendship, Bill. I'm so glad that you and Frank reunited and will keep in touch in the future.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I can relate to it Bill. It is an awesome feeling to be reunited after ages. I and my best friend met via Fb after 23 years.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rochelle, that's a wonderful story. I'm so glad you were able to connect with that teacher before he passed. It's amazing the impact some people have on our lives. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you drbj! It filled my heart with joy to find Frank again, and I just had to share with you all.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. We email daily now, so I'm pretty sure the friendships will thrive from now on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is wonderful, Rajan! I am so happy for you. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Simply beautiful. "And the years came roaring back" and "So it is a happy ending and yet not an ending at all." These two sentences are powerful, and the entire story is touching. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Dora! I was pretty certain that many out there would be able to relate to this. I'm so glad I was correct.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Bill - Your story is so touching and so honest and full of love for another. I have friends like this that I still contact, and it is so amazing to talk about high school days. You can never take those days away from people. I am so happy for you to be able to meet a twin from the past, a buddy whom you will never forget. It is like a miracle when an reunion like this occurs, almost like angels brought you together again. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Audrey! it does seem like a miracle for sure. I'm just ecstatic that we reunited and now we have new memories to make together.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Permit me to say that I like Bev's dynamic colour and beauty, as well as Frank's colour too. We will have him any day in the Caribbean, lying on the beach and drinking the coconut water. (Nice addition, Bro. I did not say these in the lost piece) Hey he.

      Anyway, you know and I know that your Hub is brilliant as per usual, but this time - like you - the camaraderie got me. I mean, all that Love! Pass it around, Bro. I could see the tear in your eye. What a beautiful relationship! God bless you and God bless Frank.

      I met a woman in a Spa or Health Clinic in 1980, and she had a major effect on me. I still read the letter she wrote to me, sometimes. All about the elevation of Consciousness, the only way to heal the Form. I did not understand it then. Like you with Frank, I still try to find her, but she seems to have vanished. Her name is or was - who knows - Pauline Crump. Much peace this Sunday evening

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is a terrific piece of writing, Bill, and one with a true story that melts the heart and brings hope along with tears. I'm so pleased that you and Frank will continue to make memories. There are few things in life that make us truly rich...you have them all. I have a close friend who lives in Jersey. Sometimes, several weeks will go by and we don't speak. Then, the phone rings, and we pick up the conversation where we left off, as if we were chatting only moments before and had to put the phone on a brief hold. Some things never really DO change -- thank goodness! :-)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      How awesome! I love this story. True, so true. When it comes to the bonds of great old friends, some things just don't change. Many years can pass and a thousand events can occur....but despite all this, when you meet up again, it's as if time had stood still.

      I've no doubt this was a happy day for both of you and that you'll be certain to never lose track of each other again.! Peace, Sis

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, they seem to come out of the shadows when we really need them...people who will have a profound impact on our lives. It is a shame you have lost contact with Pauline Crump. I hope you one day find her.

      Blessings and thanks for the very kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, thank you for the kind words about my writing. I am truly rich. It took me a long time to realize that fact but now, I'm aware and ever so grateful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sis! I do not have many very close friends. Frank was one of the first, and I cherish that friendship, and I hope we always manage to stay in touch, good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise. :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, yeah, you can pick up on life right where it left off at your last meeting, eh? That's what friendship really is, even though you're not there, you still are, in the heart of one so attuned. I am so happy that you and Frank found each other once again. You will make more memories.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We will for sure, Deb, and I'm looking forward to them all. Thank you for always being here and Happy Monday to you.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      I do thank you for a warm, intriguing read. It. never ceases to amaze me what a day can bring - you pick up the phone and everything changed in a positive way. What fun and I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Memories to engage in and more to make.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maj! I'm the same type of sucker. :)

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      How cool is this!!! You two still look alike, at least in the photo

      And yes, the internet has leveled the playing field...hiding in plain sight...

      What a lovely reunion...Friendship is a powerful force, is it not?

      Happy happy for you both.

      Know, dear Friend, that many Angels are once again winging their way to you ps Voted up++++

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      How cool is this!!! You two still look alike, at least in the photo

      And yes, the internet has leveled the playing field...hiding in plain sight...

      What a lovely reunion...Friendship is a powerful force, is it not?

      Happy happy for you both.

      Know, dear Friend, that many Angels are once again winging their way to you ps Voted up++++

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I'm blessed. I know of no other way to describe my life and the blessings that keep coming to me.

      Thank you as always, and I'm sending those angels right back to you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and I thank you again, PS.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What an incredible piece about your journey with Frank it really is fantastic and was meant to be. You were meant to be reunited and thank god for Facebook! As I approach my 50th year( feeling 20 years younger) next week, I have been going through photos full of memories and friends. I am so happy and overjoyed for you two buddies and may there be many more meetings to come. Thanks my friend for sharing this and have a lovely week xx

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish....you, fifty? Impossible I say! Check your birth records. There must be a typo on them. :)

      I'm smiling...how about you?

      Come to the States for a visit, Suzie. Bev and I would love to show you our area....you can even bring the MIckster if you must. LOL

      love,

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Bill, You know I would love to come see you in Olympia. Thank you for the invite my friend, travel is in my blood I just love it and yes, birth cert does show 9th July '65 and cannot believe it! Where the heck did those years go???? I came across some pics from my 40th birthday in Las Vegas!!! May put up some later, great family trip. Have a fab day and yes I'm smiling!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Friendships like this one.. makes you both rich.. and this type of friendship you can take with you... I've never seen a u-haul following a hertz, but I have seen memories fill a sad wake.. and everyone ends up smiling and laughing.. do cherish this friendship

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      irish, I'll roll out the red carpet the day you tell me you are flying across the Pond. What a wonderful time we will have. I'm marking it on my calendar so don't be late. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, what a great line that is..memories filling a sad wake. My goodness, I might have to borrow that one...with your permission of course. Thank you!

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Awesome to have a friend like Frank! The years may roll by and contact be lost for a while but its obvious you folks were never far from each others thoughts.

      Loved the story.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lawrence. I appreciate you stopping by and I'm glad you enjoyed our reunion.

      bill

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