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50-year friends reunite after coronavirus caused them to quarantine

Margel Smith and Stella Wade have been best friends for 50 years, but when the pandemic forced them to quarantine, they stopped being able to see each other.

After six months, they’re back together – with social distancing in play. “I have to stay 6 feet. We can’t hug,” Smith said. “So good to see you!”

“I love you!” Wade responded.

They two were side by side for 50 years but once the pandemic hit, Wade was stuck inside The Atrium at Liberty Park.

“It has been very difficult. Especially because we were coming every day,” Smith said. “I can’t tell you how many times I have come over here, landed in Robert’s office, and begged and cried, ‘let me see her, let me see her.'”

Six months later, the tears have subsided and the friends are back together. After temperature checks, a questionnaire and donning masks and gloves, Smith and Wade were finally reunited.

“Some days I do extra walking. You know, I get out and walk around,” Wade said to Smith.

“She’s so precious to us and she is loved by so many,” Smith responded, wiping away tears.

For these two lifelong friends, being in the same room is everything. “What’s it feel like seeing us after six months?” Smith asked.

“It’s like heaven,” Wade said.

Reporter:Brea Hollingsworth
Writer:Drew Hill
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