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01 September 2009 @ 07:08 pm
It must be fate - running into my dear friend by pure luck!!  
I have so much to write about my amazing weekend in LA / San Diego, but first – the most AMAZING thing happened that totally made my weekend memorable. I happened to run into one of my dearest friends who I had sadly lost touch with over the years after she moved to American Samoa – AMAZINGLY, she was on my flight!! She was a bridesmaid in my wedding and one of the only reasons I continued to work at the bank in those early years – we’d kept in touch via mail and phone, but she moved around so much that we sadly lost touch and hadn’t seen each other for maybe 10 years or so.

Most people don’t believe in fate, but I truly do. There were several different factors could’ve kept me from seeing her.

  • First of all, I had planned to cancel this trip a while ago when I found out the Emmys were not open to the general public… But I never cancelled my airfare or hotel (I couldn’t because I had already pre-paid.) When I discovered that Kevin M was going to be in the area, I decided to keep my flight and drive down to San Diego that day instead…

  • Secondly, SHE wasn’t supposed to spend more than an hour in Hawaii – it was just a stop on her way from American Samoa to Utah (where she currently lives with her youngest daughter.) As fate would have it, her flight from Am Samoa was delayed and she missed her early morning connection and had to wait for standby seats on MY flight!

  • Finally, WHY on earth would Delta route me through Salt Lake City, Utah only to backtrack and have me wind up in LA? If it hadn’t been for that odd routing, I never would’ve seen her!
It was totally fate, I tell you!

We screamed SO LOUD when we saw each other, I swear, the entire terminal turned around to see what was happening! I’ve missed her SO much! She is doing wonderfully, has a 7 year old son (who I got to meet and who is ADORABLE!) and is SO happy with a really great man in her life (which couldn’t make me happier – she deserves someone who will treat her right – her last man – I won’t even talk about him… but I was around for much of her heartache with him…) Her daughters (who I love and miss as well are all grown up and have families of their own – they were 8 and 11 when I last saw them… now they’re mothers too!)

She and I sat together in the terminal and used the 2 hours before the flight to catch up on everything since we saw each other last. The nicest thing was that nothing at all changed between us… we could still sit there and giggle about the same things we used to and I realized how much I’ve missed her! We got each other’s current contact information and promised to keep in touch. I just keep thinking that things all happen for a reason and if any one of the above didn’t happen I would’ve missed out on my chance at reconnecting with a friend that I love dearly.

THEN...

This was taken in 1995 or so... when our bank's Main Branch was being constructed.
We worked overnight to guard the safe deposit boxes.


September 1996 - Aloha Week at the branch. Yes, I was not a vegetarian then (as you can tell by my plate of food) :P

NOW...

Last Friday at the Honolulu airport. :) She looks exactly the same!! I, on the other hand... :P

There were so many other amazing theatre things that happened this past weekend, but THIS was what really made my trip worth it. I hadn’t even left Honolulu on Friday night and I already felt like the trip was worth it!

I will be back later to post about the theatre portion of my trip which was amazing in its own right.
 
 
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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 3rd, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
So many factors could've kept us from running into each other, but I do believe we were meant to catch up! :)
That Vampyra Girlangyllina on September 2nd, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
LOL! That's so awesome!

...and you do so look the same! Absolutely adorable with the sunniest smile I've ever seen on someone!
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on September 3rd, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
I was SOOOOO happy and excited to see her! :)

And AWWWWW... you are far too kind! Thanks for your sweet comment! HUGS!
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on September 2nd, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
I agree, it's a fate! Routing to Utah on the way to LA?! Anyway, it's good to hear that you saw your dear old friend!!
Sheri: Sheri - Simpsonizedshutterbug93 on September 3rd, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
I know what weird routing, huh? I initially bought it because it was the cheapest flight offered. ;) But it was so nice to see her!!
ellixianellixian on September 2nd, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
That is kind of amazing - and definitely too coincidental to BE coincidence. It IS fate. XD
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on September 3rd, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
I have to agree! With so many factors that could have prevented it from happening, it's really amazing that everything worked out the way it did!
Regina Phalangethunder_pants on September 2nd, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Wow! What are the odds of running into an old friend? That was definitely fate!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 3rd, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
I think it was too! Too many things could've prevented it from happening - I am SO glad we ran into each other, though!! I missed her so much!!
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on September 2nd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, you are right, it was fate. I'm glad that you met your old friend and could spent some time with her. :) And yes, I too think you do look the same! Hope you had a nice day. Big hugs to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on September 3rd, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
Awwww, Sabine - thanks for your sweet comment! :) I really believe we were meant to met up and reconnect - it had to have been fate! Much love to you, Sabine!!
there would never be anyone for me but you: excitedjessnic85 on September 5th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Awwwww! How wonderful that you were able to reconnect with your friend! I absolutely believe in fate and this totally was more than coincidence... it was meant to happen!!! :)

--Jess
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 5th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
I have to agree!! So many things could've prevented it from happening, not the least of which was that I was convinced I was going to cancel this trip!! It was fate, I tell you!