This friend shares nearly the same first name as myself and exactly the same last name, yet is not a relative; I'm Dorothy and she is Dorianne.
We're both (nearly) the same age (in April). We're the oldest child in our families (I have one sibling; she has several). Both grew up in NJ towns less than 3 miles apart. We attended Catholic grade and high schools in towns less than 10 miles apart.
Our heritage is Italian. Both our fathers were self-employed tradesmen: electrician and painter, respectively.
And there's more coincidences: While we attended college in different states, each graduated with a journalism degrees, then worked for NJ newspapers.
Yet, despite these similarities and living in close proximity, we never met either in childhood or as young adults.
We "connected" about 10 years ago, oddly enough because of similar email addresses. Emails meant for her were inadvertently sent to my email address.
Since then we've become close friends, calling ourselves "cousins." We're separated by distance; she resides in our native NJ; I'm now on the VA eastern shore. But that email connection that brought us together initially keeps us in contact as do phone calls and visits whenever I'm back home.
Anyone else have a special friend story to share?