With Facebook having more than 1.1 billion users in the world and each user having an average of 141.5 friends*, it’s not really a surprise to hear of people being reunited through this channel and friendships being rekindled. But how about a story of two people meeting for the first time after 34 years of being pen pals? We think this story is pretty special, even if it does involve our MD Adrian. As many of you will be aware, Adrian is currently on his Tour de France challenge, riding all 21 stages of the route, a week ahead of the pro’s. Last Wednesday, stage 10 of the challenge, proved to be an emotional day for Adrian, but not because of the cycling. It was because he got to meet up with someone he’s been writing to for 34 years but has never met, after she spotted that he was doing the challenge on Facebook.
Over to Adrian to tell you the story:
“When I was 9, I went on a holiday to the Channel Islands. On the way back I threw from the ferry, a bottle with a letter inside. It read “My name is Adrian Lomas – I’m aged 9 and live in England, if you find this letter please write to me”.
Three months later I received a letter from a 9-year old French girl, Emmanuelle Demeautis. She was walking her dog on Cherbourg beach and found the bottle.
We wrote for many years, at one stage we planned to meet in Tahiti when I was travelling, and she was a nurse, but for one reason and another it didn’t happen.
However, with the power of Facebook, Emmanuelle spotted that I was riding the William Wates Tour De Force event which precedes the whole Tour de France by one week.
This morning, Emmanuelle left home at 7am with her daughter for a two-hour trip, to meet me for the first time on the Causeway of Mont-Saint-Michel. 34 years after we first started writing.
It was a really emotional meeting, we both know each other so well, both have families and are interested in similar things. Her father was a champion cyclist and her cousin is working with a cycling team. Emmanuelle and her husband write and illustrate books.
Now we plan to meet after the Tour finishes, when we can get to meet both families properly.”
An amazing tale and with Mashable having declared 30 June as social media day, we thought this was a great time to share this story with you.
*Statistics taken from http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/by-the-numbers-17-amazing-facebook-stats/