As Molly (not her real name) was crossing a busy street in New York City, her ears perked up when she heard a familiar laugh. She recognized the distinct laugh as her long lost sister’s.
Growing Up and Growing Apart
Molly and her sister had lost touch during their teenage years. They had quite a difficult time due to a host of problems in their broken family.
The two were only 14 months apart in age. But despite this, they’d grown apart. At 19 years old, her sister Jane moved to her father’s horse farm in Virginia. Molly, on the other hand, married her partner and moved to Chicago.
Falling in Love With NYC
With so much distance between them in a time before the instant communication of social media and smartphones, the two became distant and no longer spoke.
By 24, Jane got engaged. She and her and her fiancé went on a whirlwind trip to New York City.
The small-town girl was blown away by the hustle and bustle of the City, and the couple saw all of NYC’s best sights.
A Chance Meeting
On one of their trips around the city, Jane and her husband were crossing the street. Her husband made a joke, and she burst out laughing. This caught the attention of a nearby woman, who instantly started yelling Jane’s name.
Confused, she looked to where the shouts were coming from. Tears sprung to her eyes as she was face-to-face with her sister Molly.
After the two caught up, Jane asked her sister how she recognized her, and Molly said it was her distinctive laugh that clued her in.
The one-in-a-million meetup was even more unlikely.
Molly had come to the city on a whim to see an opera that was playing in New York City that week.
Keeping in Touch
After being reconnected, the sisters made sure to never lose touch again. They regularly talked over the phone and, several years later, both moved to Wisconsin so that they could be near each other once again.
Living in the same area, they talked on the phone daily and often visited with each other. The sisters were happy being back in each other’s lives and always thanked God for putting them on the same New York City street that day.
The sisters are now in their 50s and feel that their meeting was not random. To them, it was a sign from God to not lose touch again. They thank God for bringing the two back together.