Very interesting thread!
As I am going through some life changing events myself at the moment, it hits home.
Went through the whole thing with my Dad loooong time ago, but now with my current situation, I am reaching out, with the help of FB and other find sites, to catch up with people that I have not seen in years. Some have reached out to me.
Got an e-mail from someone, that the last time I saw him, we were fighting a fire on board the ship, was like we had never been separated. I even spoke to my "evil" step sister!
Good for you, Sir! I know you have been going through some very uncertain days for a while now. My prayers are with you daily.
Keep on healing old wounds as the opportunities present themselves. It is medicine for the soul, my friend.