Writing Act of Kindness Challenge: Time to Reconnect

Today’s Writing Act of Kindness challenge:

Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a long, loooong time. It could be a friend from university that you’ve lost touch with or someone you often think about and feel bad that you haven’t spoken to. Maybe it’s someone who lives further away. Send an email, text, Facebook message, or DM — ask how they’re doing and let them know you’ve been thinking of them. It feels good to reconnect with people.

We haven’t spoken in close to eight years. I didn’t know Nellie’s last name (she had remarried since we last saw each other). I didn’t know where she worked (the last I knew she was in Welland). It might be a challenge to find her.

I turned to Google. Searching her name as I knew it, along with DSBN (District School Board of Niagara — the school board in which we both taught). Nothing. I tried Canada 411. Nothing. I sent three friends a Facebook message and the mystery was solved within minutes.

They thought they knew which school Nellie was teaching at and that she had a primary grade. With a quick search of the school’s staff list online, I spotted her first name next to a grade 2 class. Not sure if it was her, I sent a short email. I hope to hear back!

We met at a little inner-city school in Welland, Ontario, teaching on the same staff. It was the first school I ever taught at and it was the closest I’ve ever felt to colleagues. It was like working with a group of your friends. At the end of a day, you’d find six or so of us hanging out in the office laughing and telling stories. We had ‘poetry club’ each week (having dinner and drinks after work on Fridays). We went to the drive-in together. We went to the high school play of Nellie’s son. They were my family away from home.

I’ve been able to keep in touch with everyone but Nellie. She isn’t on Facebook and I don’t have a personal email address for her. I enjoyed being silly with her and we always had a good laugh. She’s someone whom I’ve always thought about and wondered how she’s doing. I always ask my group in Niagara if they’ve heard from her. The response was always no.

I really hope to catch up with her. It’s been way too long since we last spoke. If I do, I’ll share an update by adding a comment to this post!

I hope that you’re able to reach out and reconnect with someone in your life too. It would be fun to hear your story — share a comment below or on Twitter using #waok.

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