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  • The little girl sitting on the left side at the first row, that's me. I must be 6 or 7 years old, first year in grammar school. After the first year, more kids came at school and the class was split up into 2 classes. The guy at the back row went to class 2B, while I went to 2A. But somehow I still remember his name when years passed by. It was my first love.

    It's 38 years later, when I found his name on a website of classmates. He didn't remember me, but he send me this picture by e-mail. We lived more than 100 miles from each other. After exchanging a bunch of e-mails we decided to meet. Within 2 days he wrote a song "No Distance In My Thoughts", dedicated to me. Within 2 weeks he proposed me. We married 100 days after we've met the second time in life. Hans is not only my first but also my true love.
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    Het meisje aan de linkerkant van de eerste rij, dat ben ik. Ik ben 6 of 7 jaar oud, de eerste klas van de lagere school. Na het eerste jaar kwamen er meer kinderen op school en de klas werd opgedeeld in tweeën. De jongen op de achterste rij ging naar klas 2B en ik ging naar 2A. Desondanks heb ik na al die jaren zijn naam onthouden. Het was mijn eerste liefde.

    Het is 38 jaar later dat ik zijn naam terug vond op een website van klasgenoten. Hij kon zich mij niet herinneren, maar e-mailde mij deze foto. We woonden meer dan 200 km van elkaar. Na het uitwisselen van een heleboel e-mails besloten we elkaar in het echt te zien. Binnen 2 dagen schreef hij het liedje "No Distance In My Thoughts", opgedragen aan mij. Binnen 2 weken deed hij een huwelijksaanzoek. 100 dagen nadat we elkaar de tweede keer in ons leven tegenkwamen, zijn we getrouwd. Hans is niet alleen mijn eerste, maar ook mijn ware liefde.
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    No Distance In My Thoughts.

    More than hundred miles to your place,
    lonely roads between.
    Check my mailbox every hour
    hope you’ve mailed again to me.
    When I see there is a message,
    my heart is filled with joy,
    ‘cause my mind is always with you,
    there’s no distance, in my thoughts.

    The only thing in common,
    was our first year at school.
    It was a tiny, small connection
    Just forgotten, the way it goes.
    But my name you rememberd,
    It was my greatest luck
    my mind is always with you,
    there’s no distance, in my thoughts.

    Now we just met once,
    but I’m deeply impressed.
    Wants to know you much more better,
    hope time give’s us the rest
    Oh I wish a day is longer,
    But many days to come
    my mind is always with you,
    there’s no distance, in my thoughts.

    I hope to play this song,
    a lot of times again.
    Then we’ve spent much time together;
    might be your man.
    future is uncertain
    But I want you to know,
    My mind is always with you,
    there’s no distance, in my thoughts.

    My mind is always with you,
    there’s no distance, in my thoughts.

    Song music & lyric by J.M. van Loon
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