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    Little Susie runs away from home

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     When Susan Gingrich was four, she ran away from home and saw 5-year-old Tony Brandt playing alone in his yard.

    When I was four years old, I ran away from home and ended up seeing Tony (who was 5) playing alone in his yard. I stopped and we played together all day. When evening came, his mom (who had three sons and was tickled to have a little girl around) called us in for dinner. There was a knock on the door and it was my brother. He asked Tony's mom if she had seen a little blonde headed girl about "yay high". She asked if I could stay for dinner but he said no because our mom was worried. (My mom thought I was with my brother and my brother thought I was with my mom, so they hadn't even realized I had been missing all day.) Tony and I were inseparable for the next several years, spending weeks at each others houses, until we were 10 and 11. That's when our families moved apart and divorced, and since we were still young we lost touch. We once met when I was 13 or 14, but Tony was so shocked by the way I had matured (since he hadn't seen me since I was a little 10 year old tomboy), that he stuttered through our conversation in disbelief that I was who I said. It left me with the impression that he wasn't interested in rekindling a relationship as teens, so I went about my life (while he kicked himself for not getting my contact information). We both married and I moved cross-country. No place ever felt like home though except for the tiny town I had grown up in with Tony, and eventually I bought a home in that same town. 20 years had passed and with Facebook ramping up, I decided to see if I could find him on it, and Tada, there he was. As it turns out, Tony was working within 5 minutes of my home for over a decade, and took his daughter frequently to the same places I took my daughters. There were many occasions that I think I was literally walking into some place the moment after he walked out, but we never ran into each other. I guess it all happens when "the time is right". Today, we have been together more than 5 years, married 3 years in June. And life is just like we were when we were little kids. We are perfectly content to spend all our time together.

    - Susan (aka Little Susie)

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