Have you ever had a friend who’s so close to you that you swear you were separated at birth? For one pair of lifelong best buds from Hawaii, that turned out to be the case – and proved a spectacular holiday surprise for their families.
Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane of Oahu have been friends for 60 years after they first met in 6th grade. They bonded over football and cribbage.
“Let’s see, well we love to play cribbage,” Macfarlane told KHON-TV. “We’ve been playing cribbage all our lives.”
“I beat him the last time we played,” Robinson chimed in.
They also bonded over another set of unusual facts: Macfarlane never knew his father and Robinson was adopted.
“I had a younger brother that I lost when he was 19, so I never had nieces or nephews,” Robinson said. “I thought I’ll never know my birth mother, I’ll never have any nieces or nephews.”
Macfarlane turned to a DNA matching website to help him track down his biological relatives. After spending some time on the site and chasing down multiple leads, he found that he shared multiple matches in his DNA with user “Robi737.”
That user was none other than Macfarlane’s oldest friend, Robinson.
“As a nickname everybody called him Robi and he flew 737s for Aloha Airlines, he was a pilot,” Cindy Macfarlane-Flores, Macfarlane’s daughter, told the outlet.
One jaw-dropping phone conversation later, the best buds confirmed that they shared the same birth mother.
“Yea it was shock, definitely and then we thought about it and compared forearms,” Robinson said.
“Yea hairy arms, that did it!” Macfarlane chimed in.
Now that their respective families know just how interrelated they all actually are, Macfarlane and Robinson plan to enjoy their retirements together as brothers.