Two childhood best friends who had lost touch for 12 years have been reunited by social media in less than 24 hours.
Brianna Cry and Heidi ‘Heii’ Tran met in 2006 on a Hawaiian cruise holiday with their families. The pair, who were both seven at the time, became inseparable for a brief time on the boat before each going their separate ways and never speaking again.
Then on Saturday, 19-year-old Cry posted an old photo on Twitter saying: “I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically best friends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my best friend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited.”
And the people of Twitter did not disappoint.
Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited. pic.twitter.com/LRtk6ClvV3
— Bri ⛄️ (@briannacry) November 24, 2018
Despite the friends living on opposite sides of the USA – Cry is studying on the east coast at Hampton University in Mississippi and Tran is at Riverside City College in California – within a day they had tracked each other down.
The 18-year-old replied to Cry’s tweet saying: “Heard you were looking for me”.
She also shared a selfie with a family photograph from the same dinner cruise.
And the people of Twitter were so pleased with their investigative skills they wanted to know if the friends were talking or planning on meeting up.
Cry shared a screenshot of a private message, confirming that the pair were messaging but said for the time being they couldn’t afford to travel to see each other and would be Facetiming instead.
And other people were quick to share their own stories of holiday friendships including one that lead to years of being pen pals.
this story is awesome! I immediately sent it to my hawaii cruise bestie from 2009 😊☀️ (we were pen pals for years after meeting!) I hope you two get to reunite! pic.twitter.com/Hjy3yaOOGp
— Isha Jog (@Isha_Jog) November 25, 2018
And other people were asking for help in tracking down old friends too.
Anyone wanna help me find my kindergarten crush? We were supposed to get married. We went to Woodrow Wilson elementary in Binghamton, NY pic.twitter.com/VX7yCkFT57
— Bunny (@whoreline) November 25, 2018
someone pleathe help me find a grilly. we were best friends on a carnival cruise in december 2006, her name was holly and she was from the netherlands and she came to play dolls with me on my bunkbed MKSJGNG all ive got is pics of me on that cruise 😪 pic.twitter.com/vHMFhuoDHw
— 𝒽𝓊𝓃𝓉𝑒𝓇🧚🏻♀️ (@tilltoniight) November 24, 2018
I need help finding an elementary school best friend !!! Please Help mEEE😭 Her name is Abigail Ramirez. pic.twitter.com/v8XN5zwBKE
— ☯Jaida Newhouse☯ (@cooljay_505) November 25, 2018
OMG IM IN THE SAME SITUATION. This girl and I were bestfriends for a whole weekend about 6 years ago. I have no clue where she is but I just know it’s some where in Florida. This is the only pic I have of her. Help! pic.twitter.com/8ebSscYWwE
— a. (@m_shonteII) November 25, 2018
We love a happy ending.