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Why do reunions bring a lump to your throat?

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Here I am at the annual Barnes family reunion (this year in Santa Barbara, CA).  Something about reunions has the potential to spark great nostalgia and good feelings.  When we get to unite with someone we have been close to in spirit, the experience can move us like little else in life…
By Seth Barnes
Here I am at the annual Barnes family reunion (this year in Santa Barbara, CA).  Something about reunions has the potential to spark great nostalgia and good feelings.  When we get to unite with someone we have been close to in spirit, the experience can move us like little else in life.  For example, I just saw this moving video about a reunion on Kim Komando’s blog
 
In 1969, two friends, John Rendall and Ace Berg, purchased a lion. At the time, Christian the lion was a 35-pound cub. He had been born in a zoo. The friends raised Christian in their London home. All three hung out in a friend’s furniture shop on the weekends.

Within a year, Christian had grown to 185 lbs. Rendall and Berg realized they couldn’t keep him much longer. But they didn’t know what to do with him. A chance encounter changed that. Two actors from the film Born Free walked into the furniture store.

The actors recommended a conservationist, George Adamson, living in Kenya. Christian was soon in Africa. There he was rehabilitated and released into the wild.

In 1974, Rendall and Berg decided to visit Christian one last time. He was now a wild animal. Adamson told them it was doubtful that Christian could be found. No one had seen him in nine months.

The two flew to Kenya, anyway. On the day they landed, Christian appeared outside Adamson’s camp. Somehow, he knew. He waited outside the camp until Rendall and Berg arrived.

This video was taken during their reunion with Christian. What a story! What a video!

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