I just started to reconnect this year with some cousins...we moved away and lost touch. But I felt the need to renew this kinship and made the first move by looking up addresses on line and writing a few letters. I outlined who I was, and who I was looking for and eventually, I got a hit.
So we exchanged a few letters, I sent photos etc. But I wasn't ready for my cousin to call to say his Mom, my aunt and godmother was in very failing health. Here was a grown man trying to make sure he had the right phone number while his heart was breaking. I'm not sure if he realizes where I live but I'm half a country away and as much as I wish I could drop everything and go visit.
Seems the older I get the more I appreciate my family and friends!