Long lost relatives

@stuckonu (726)
Philippines
October 6, 2011 3:55am CST
Do you have long lost relatives that were once very close to you? When I was a child, I used to spend vacations on my uncle's (my mother's cousin) house. My second cousins there are very close to me back then. But as the years pass by, we rarely see each other and yesterday at the wake of our grandma, we saw each other again, now with our own children. It was such a very awkward yet fascinating feelings seeing these people because you don't know how much they've changed in years or if they are the same people that you've been with. Do you have a long lost relative? Can you tell us something about it?
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7 responses
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
I can relate to you. I have some long lost relatives. When I was still a kid, I used to be so close with my cousins and my nephews and nieces. We used to play together. But then, as time passed, we have gone our separate ways. Now, we usually see each other only during family occasions and family reunions. It's a good thing that we have these special occasions because we get to catch up with each other and have an update of what's happening in their lives.
@stuckonu (726)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
That's what they called growing apart. You cannot blame people to change during the times you were apart because there are a lot of changes going on with their life as much as yours too. So, I guess, this is just the sad reality- we have to grow apart from someone whom we really used to be closed with.
• Philippines
7 Oct 11
Yeah. It sucks but that's the way life goes. Changes are part of our daily lives. So, all we have to do is to adjust and adapt.
@glowin100 (124)
10 Oct 11
I lost my DAd at 13 months old. My Mom remarried. We lost communication with his side of the family and for 30 years or more I searched for them. When computers came out, we found most all of them. Technology has opened up communications in so many good ways. glowin100
@stuckonu (726)
• Philippines
10 Oct 11
That was a very touching experience. These kind of situation usually were shown on TV here in the Philippines. There was a show called "Reunions" where they reunite long lost loved ones. You are fortunate that you are familiar with how the modern technology works and you've used that to your advantage. But these people that I've mentioned are the uber poor people that cannot even afford their meal for the day. Thanks for sharing your experience!
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
7 Oct 11
When i was 16, i lost my father to a tragic automobile accident. unfortunately, i also lost touch with some of aunts and cousins along the way. i guess it was too difficult and painful on both sides. i wish i had krpt in touch with them . after all we are still family.
@ckciasigurl (1713)
• Vienna, Austria
6 Oct 11
hi stuckonu yes i have some long lost relative which they are in abroad they just go home for how many years and we see each other and also we rarely see each other because of the business of each family.that they are busy
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
For me yes I have one it is happy to visit again in there place so that we know how to deal with.
@rollylolly (2847)
• India
6 Oct 11
I was very close to a family who were not our direct blood relation but were so near and dear to us . We met them in a hospital . Both of us were staying there for treatment of our close relatives . I called them uncle and aunty . They had a sweet daughter who had cancer . She called me sister . We were together for one long year . It was so unfortunate that Liza , the small girl left us after we came back home . Her parents left the country soon after and I never met them again . Still miss them so much .
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
6 Oct 11
Oh I can relate to you here. When I was a kid, I use to be very close to my second cousins, my dad's cousin's kids. I would go to their house all the time and play video games with them But after a while, I kinda separated from them and we didn't visit each other as much. Now at family gatherings, I see them once every year and it's like we're strangers now. Like you said, it was very awkward and we didn't really talked that much. They tended to talk among their siblings whereas me, I have no siblings so I just wanted to go home as fast as I could. I can't handle awkwardness But it is amazing how much they're changed and grown, sometimes for the better and worse.