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    I Made Friends With A 102-Year-Old Woman Because Of An Accidental Email

    ...and also a guy with the same name as me. It's an internet miracle.

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    These days, the internet can be a scary place.

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    It often seems like it's just full of trolls, fake news, and heated debates.

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    But sometimes in the world wide web, something magic happens.


    I got this sweet email from a 102 year old woman named Bea... intended for someone else named Jordan Imbrey.

    This email was especially cool because my recently deceased grandmother was also named Bea.


    She's the person I felt most similar to in my entire family. Here's me dressed up at her 80th birthday party.

    The thing is that there are only 10 people with my last name.


    I'm related to most of them.

    Bea kept trying to find the correct Jordan, and getting me.


    She was getting frustrated.

    Really frustrated.


    I became determined to try to help her find the right Jordan.

    Around the same time, Bea and I both figured out that she was looking for Jordan Imbery. In case you missed it, she just switched the "e" and "r" from "Imbery" to "Imbrey".


    Jordan Imbery makes windows and doors in Canada. He's Bea's distant relative, and they met on AncestryDNA, but had never met in person.

    Given the magic of Jordan & Jordan, and Bea & Bea, I decided to ask if Bea would stay my pen pal.


    We've stayed in touch since April.

    After a few months, I figured it'd be really cool if we all met in person. So Jordan and I met up in Renton, WA.


    We got along swimmingly.

    Then we had our big moment meeting Bea in person!


    It was pretty sweet.

    She showed us around her house.


    She's lived there for over 70 years!

    Next, we went to book club with her.


    Her book club was the subject of the very first accidental email.

    While we were reminiscing about the funny emails, she told me that I was "new family".


    This was a pretty freakin' powerful moment for me.

    We closed things off with a big family dinner.


    Everybody knew the whole story about the emails.

    As always, saying goodbye was the hardest part.


    "Hugs are one thing that are easy to give, and don't cost anything." - Bea

    Needless to say, I won't forget my pen pal family any time soon.