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Life-Long Friends Get Best Christmas Present Ever: Discover They're Long-Lost Brothers

Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane met more than six decades ago. The two were both living in Hawaii and in the same sixth-grade class. They hit it off, and became life-long friends, going through all life's ups and downs together.

Little did they know, there was a biological reason behind that tight bond. The two are actually brothers, and they just found out in time for Christmas.

Robinson and Macfarlane seemed to have just always hit it off. The two were in the same schools and were only 15 months apart in age.

"He was the party-er, I never went to or did any partying in high school," Macfarlane said.

The two went to the same college prep school and played football together. They've kept in touch ever since. One of their favorite things to do together is play Cribbage, they say.

“I beat him the last time we played,” Robinson said.

Both men, unbeknownst to the other, went searching for family on Ancestry.com recently. They were both digging to see if they could find long-lost family members without realizing the other was doing the same.

Robinson was adopted and didn’t know it as a child. After finding out, he went looking for birth family. He tried the Ancestry.com DNA test.

Macfarlane didn't know who his father was and barely had any family. He had a younger brother who was only 19 at the time he died, so he would never have any nieces or nephews. He tried to piece together answers about his past, and with the help of his daughter, Cindy Macfarlane-Flores, he ended up trying the website’s DNA testing.

Macfarlane got a match for his X chromosomes, the female chromosome, meaning there was someone related to him through his maternal line. It wasn’t just a relative, but a very close relative; he had a brother.

The website told him the user's name was Robi737. It didn’t take long for Macfarlane to figure out who that was. Robinson is a pilot who flies 737s.

“As a nickname everybody called him ‘Robi’ and he flew 737s for Aloha Airlines, he was a pilot,” Macfarlane-Flores says.

“It was a shock,” Macfarlane said.

“It was an overwhelming experience, it’s still overwhelming,” said Robinson, who was equally as shocked by the results of the DNA test. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take for me to get over this feeling.”

As stunned as the brothers are, they are delighted to have found each other. They may not have known they were siblings, but unlike so many long-lost relatives, they at least got to enjoy growing up together, knowing each other and going through life together.

That’s not stopping now that they know they’re related. As they enter their golden years, the two plan to retire and enjoy their retirement together. They have some travel plans and are looking forward to moving on knowing why they always hit it off so well.

The two recently had a party to reveal to family and friends that they are brothers. It was shocking yet exciting news for everyone.

“This is the best Christmas present I could ever imagine having,” Robinson said.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: KHON

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