I am here to tell you that miracles still happen.
20 years ago the brother closest to me in age cut me completely out of his and his family's life. Many attempts were made by me and my other two brothers to reconcile...after me, he cut everyone off, including our father. All of those attempts were ignored, even when we tried to contact him to let him know our father was dying, and Dad's dying wish was to see him. I won't go into details because the why of it is not the focus of what I'm saying here. It's because there's been a little tiny break in the ice. It's taken the third generation of my brother's family to finally allow contact but contact has been made and I'm optimistic it will at least continue with my grand-nephew.
As I got online before going to bed, I was floored to see a message on Facebook from this grand-nephew. I had found him on Facebook in May 2011 and attempted to contact him, especially when I found out he was going to college here in Michigan and lives only 20 miles away from us! I never got a response, so I figured, "Oh well...at least I tried."
Then, lo and behold! This message from him last nite! He said my message had been stored in another folder and he never found it until yesterday. His message was very friendly, very open...so I sent one to him and he was online and answered right back. We ended up chatting for about 45 minutes! He is visiting my niece who is his mom and other family in Washington State during Winter Break but I told him once he gets 'home' here to contact me if he'd like to come have a homemade meal and to get to know us. He said that sounded very nice.
We'll see what happens. Dear Hubby told me not to get my hopes up and I haven't. But even if this is the only contact I ever have with him, it's enough. I have been praying for 20 years that this day would come. Maybe it's the crack in the iceberg...maybe they'll be horrified he had anything to do with me. But he seems to be a young man with a mind of his own and I have a feeling he'll do what he wants.
So...Merry Christmas to me! This truly was a gift from God this year.