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Who would you like to reconnect with?

Author: Canadian Living

Relationships

Who would you like to reconnect with?

Many of us have made the mistake of losing touch with someone who once meant a lot to us. Here, our readers share their poignant stories of friendships and relationships they'd like to rekindle. It's never too late to reconnect with a friend you miss, or to drop a note to someone who has made a difference in your life.  Add a comment to let us know who you'd most like to reconnect with.

Irene says:
I would love to reconnect with my Grade 4 teacher, Mr. Brown. He really inspired me to learn and to cope with a new, English-speaking culture. If I could, I wish I could tell him thank you for being a great teacher to me, and that I turned out all right!

Luis says:
I'd like to reconnect with my ex-friend Paul. We became fast friends – he was like my "brother from another mother." We got into an argument over something really stupid. Angry words were said and we parted ways.

I did send him an apology letter for the things I said, but he never responded.
Probably one of the biggest regrets of my life.

Kelly PC says:
I'd like to get back in touch with my friend from high school. We had a tiny falling out four years ago and we drifted apart after that. It's been almost five years since we last spoke and I miss her friendship.

Lana says:
When I was 13 years old my parents sent me away to camp for the summer. They were going through some tough times and needed time to themselves to fix things. I left for camp alone and sad, and I didn't know a soul. When I got to the camp my counsellor helped me fit in. She was there for me when I was afraid and lonely for my family. When I left camp she gave me her number but I lost the paper. To this day I still try to find her to thank her for what she did for me that summer. I will never forget her, and I would love to get in touch with her. I will never give up trying.

Page 1 of 4 – Find out who other CanadianLiving.com readers would like to re-connect with on page 2.Linda C says:
I would love to reconnect with our adopted son we haven't seen in 10 years. He lives somewhere in Ontario.

Carolann says:
I would like to reconnect with all of the people I worked with at the McMaster University Silhouette newspaper back in the 1970's. I was entertainment editor and my husband was photo editor. What a fun bunch they were and what great times we had.

Cheryl says:
"Dear Cheryl: Hi! My name is Lisa. I saw your name in my Young World pen pal list. I would like to be your pen pal."

That's how my friendship with Lisa began on August 3, 1974. She was twelve years old and lived in Haskell, N.J., East Coast of the U.S.A. I was thirteen years old and lived in Surrey, B.C., West Coast of Canada. Three thousand miles and a border separated us, but this was the beginning of several years of correspondence that convinced me Lisa was my long-lost soul sister. How else could two people who have never met write 10 page letters twice a month? Unfortunately sometime in the mid-1980's we lost touch with one another, and the internet still hasn't reconnected us, though I have spent many hours searching. I've kept her letters all these years and still wonder whatever happened to her.

Helen says:
I would love to reconnect with a friend that I have known since before starting school. Both of our grannies lived in the same coal-mining village in Scotland. Her name is Rose Donohoe. Her married name is Mrs. Donald Barkey. As far as I know she went to Australia maybe a few years after I came to Canada in March of 1966. It would be lovely to be back in touch again.

Kelly says:
I would like to reconnect with my mom. We talk almost daily, but at 66 she has been diagnosed with dementia, so I will never be able to have the connection we once had. I want to cherish the times we still do.


Page 2 of 4 – Do you wonder about you past romantic partners? One reader shares her thoughts on page 3.
Anne says:
I'd like to reconnect with someone I knew in 1966-'67. His name is Ken Foster and he was from Port Cartier, Quebec, and attended King's College School, in Windsor, Nova Scotia. We met at a soccer game at my junior high school. It was a wonderful romance, but eventually, we lost touch and I've always wondered what became of him.

Kate says:
I would like to reconnect with a childhood friend who recently lost her mother to cancer. Despite the fact that we live within a few hours of each other, we are so caught up in our own daily goings-on that we haven't managed to keep in touch. I feel terrible that I didn't make more of an effort to be there for her when she was going through a time of crisis and hurt.

Maureen O says:
I would love to reconnect with my father. Growing up, I was the son he didn't have. We fished and hiked as often as possible. We did so much together. He now lives in B.C., and unfortunately his new wife doesn't like him in contact with his daughters. Seems he usually is fishing when I call and I don't get a call back. I wish we could talk without interference. He's getting older and I worry. I miss him so much.

Jan says:
I would love to reconnect with my friend Julie. I met Julie in Grade 7 and our friendship and many adventures continued until we were about 26 years old. Julie moved out west to Kelowna, B.C., to stay with a friend for a while, and then she decided to stay there. She has come back to Toronto once or twice when her mother still lived here, but then she moved her mom out west, too. We had a junior high reunion this summer since we all turned 50 years old in 2009. Sadly, Julie was unable to make the trip back here. I really, really want to see her big blue eyes again and stay up all night remembering and laughing about all our fun times together. I would love to phone her and listen to a comforting voice from my youth.

Karen F says:
I would love to talk to the kids l babysat when l was younger.


Page 3 of 5 – Do you think you could lose touch with someone as important as a member of your wedding party? Learn how one reader did just that on page 4.
Petal says:
My heart yearns to reconnect with my friend Peggy. She was such an amazing and talented young person and I never had the chance to tell her how much her artistic nature touched me. She moved to another province and I lost touch. Now that I am older and married, I have an adopted daughter who is also beautiful and gifted. I wish I could tell Peggy all about my daughter and ask her about her two girls.

Dragonfly says:
I would like to reconnect with my dear and closest friend Mary, who lives in another city and province. We have been friends for over 40 years and she was like the sister I never had. We met when we were in Grade 5. Over the years we both have moved numerous times, our children are grown and she is now a grandmother. We never seem to have time to phone and chat, but do send each other birthday and Christmas cards. She was one crazy girl and still is. I miss the fun and camaraderie we once shared. Life is too short to lose the strong connection we once had with someone.

Alexandra says:
I would like to reconnect with my friend Monika from high school. I lost touch with her when I went away for school, and only heard from her once since then, a few months ago, to invite me to her father's funeral. I realized then, how could I lose touch with such a good friend, so much that I didn't even know her father was sick?

Andy says:
With the recent death of my aunt, I discovered it is time to reconnect with all of my family. Distance doesn't matter. I just need to reconnect with everyone.

Derek says:
I would like to reconnect with my best man at my wedding. We spent our teen years stocking shelves part-time in a grocery store, and then went to the same college. After my wife and I married, he broke up with his girlfriend and moved out of town. It would be nice to share some conversations again.


Page 4 of 4 – We've all lost touch with a close friend... see who some CanadianLiving.com readers would love to get back in touch with on page 1.

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