You couldn't ask for two different sets of circumstances. One reunion was of childhood friends who had grown and gone to school together, the other was the 100 year reunion of a lovely community church whose forming members have long ago left this earth.
One had a relatively short history, the other 3 times as long. The school was of people reconnecting with friends and a homecoming for those who hadn't been back in years, while the church was of people connecting with something higher and honouring the spirits of those who built a house of prayer for their families and community.
One was of much more recent memories unleashed in a torrent of stories and recognising long last friends. The other of memories of ones who are long gone but whose stories have stood the test of time and remain to light the interior of a little country church.
But yet, both of these reunions had something so important in common. Memories were brought to life, laughter was heard from all sides, emotion was high and recognition of dear friends and family with hugs and squeals of delight caused the air to be lighter and you could actually feel the connections being forged and strengthened. The invisible thread that links us all was visible, if only for a second.