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BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew

HouseCat 30 Aug 07 - 10:51 AM
Wesley S 30 Aug 07 - 11:06 AM
Cats 30 Aug 07 - 11:57 AM
Bee 30 Aug 07 - 12:38 PM
Charley Noble 30 Aug 07 - 12:53 PM
HouseCat 30 Aug 07 - 01:03 PM
Uncle_DaveO 30 Aug 07 - 06:18 PM
katlaughing 30 Aug 07 - 09:15 PM
HouseCat 31 Aug 07 - 01:20 PM
Rapparee 31 Aug 07 - 01:40 PM

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Subject: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: HouseCat
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 10:51 AM

Just had to share this story with everyone. Miracles do happen.
My eldest nephew, who is only 6 years younger than I, left home 8 years ago and basically disappeared. He was 32 at the time. He left a note for his family saying that he "had to leave because of the situation he was in" and that he was sorry about it but he didn't know what else to do. They didn't know what he meant, and were wild with worry. They couldn't file a missing persons report because he had informed them that he was leaving and he was not a minor. Private investigators turned up very little and he managed to stay one step ahead of them for the first 2 years. After that, it was as if he had fallen off the face of the earth. We never gave up looking for him though. I would search the internet for him several times a week and I found nothing...until last Thursday. I did an image search for him and suddenly, I was looking into the face I'd longed to see for 8 years. I was so stunned that I really didn't believe it was J. I sent the picture to my cousin and sister (not his Mom) for verification and we all agreed it was J. I wanted to be sure before I contacted his parents.
I called J's dad. All I could say was, "I'm emailing a picture to you. I think I've found J." He couldn't even speak, except to say, "I'll call you back as soon as I look at it". My heart was leaping out of my chest by now. He called back right away and holding back tears said, "It's my boy".
The picture was an "Employee of the Month" photo, so we had a contact number from his job, several states away. His Dad called, and J. thought it was someone playing a very bad joke. His Dad finally convinced him that it was real. J just said, "Dad, would it be OK if I came to visit? I really want to come home."
J came home the next day. He had straightened himself out, was doing well at work and had a lovely long-time girlfriend. He had thought that his family wouldn't want him anymore after all the pain he had caused them, so he was afraid to make contact. He said that, almost daily, he would go to Google Earth and look at the satellite images of his parents' house, and wonder if he would ever be able to go back there.
So we're having a lovely catching-up week with him. He knows that he is much loved, was desperately missed, and he and his girlfriend want to soon move back South soon.
Happy happy happy.
Did I mention that he plays a mean guitar and sings like an angel?
HC


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Subject: RE: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: Wesley S
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 11:06 AM

Glad to hear it. It's never too late to come home. Thanks


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Subject: RE: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: Cats
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 11:57 AM

Blessed be.


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Subject: RE: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: Bee
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 12:38 PM

Wonderful story.


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Subject: RE: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 12:53 PM

HouseCat-

Ah, gee!

Good luck with the rest of the story. Sound as if everyone wants to be on the same page now.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: HouseCat
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 01:03 PM

Thanks everyone. It has been quite a week. The down side is that so much happened in the family while J was gone that has caused him alot of grief, hearing it all at once. His beloved Granny, a favorite cousin and an uncle passed away in that time. So joy and sorrow all at once, but mostly joy.


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Subject: RE: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 06:18 PM

"But the cat came back, the very next day
The cat came back, 'cause he wouldn't stay away!"

Okay, the song may not be exactly on track with facts of Housecat's post, but I couldn't resist.

Great big congrats, Housecat!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 09:15 PM

Oh, wow, how wonderful!! Thanks for telling us about it. We need to hear the stories of Good, too!


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Subject: RE: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: HouseCat
Date: 31 Aug 07 - 01:20 PM

LOL,Uncle D! Loved it! Thanks Kat, it IS a good story.:~)


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Subject: RE: BS: HouseCat's Prodigal Nephew
From: Rapparee
Date: 31 Aug 07 - 01:40 PM

Reminds me of the tale of the young man who left his home, angry and frustrated, cussing his parents....

After a couple years he settled down, and became very successful and a pillar of the community. He married, had a couple children, but still had an ache in his heart for his family "back home."

Unfortunately, when he'd left his father had said that he never wanted to see his son again. The words were seared in to the young man's brain, but there was still the love for his family there.

Finally, he hit upon an idea. One day his parents received a telegram stating that their son's body would arrive on a particular train.

Needless to say, the family turned up at the train station, waiting to accept the coffin. Instead, their son, his wife, and their children detrained.

A very happy reunion was enjoyed by all. And as the sone told his father, "Where my body goes I usually go too."

Congratulations. It's good to read good news these days.


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