"It was love at first sight," Zaera wrote

By Alexandra Zaslow
Updated March 17, 2015 04:30 PM

Yeny Zaera was blown away by the power of Facebook after over 50,000 people responded to her status.

Zaera, 57, posted a plea asking for help on Feb. 20 – she was looking for a man named Francisco Javier Gimenez Diaz, whom she used to nanny 30 years ago.

Three days later, they were reunited in Arnedo, Spain, a town an hour away from Zaera’s home base in Logroño, according to BuzzFeed.

The former nanny wrote on Facebook that when she first met Diaz in 1982 it was “love at first sight.” They met at a daycare center when he was just 2 years old and he held onto Zaera’s skirt and wouldn’t let go. She stayed with the family up until he was 6 years old.

Diaz and his three siblings were neglected by their parents, so she tried to adopt them, but was unable to do so because she was a single woman in her 20s. Diaz and his siblings were separated and sent to different families, but Diaz’s sister contacted him about the Facebook post, according to Business Insider.

“It’s a very long story, full of very sad things, but also beautiful,” Zaera wrote.

Since parting ways, Zaera never forgot about him. She wanted to know what he was up to and even hired a detective to try to find him.

“It is a great thorn that I carry in my heart … but still, in spite of the years I still have the hope of embracing again,” she wrote.

“It’s impossible to say thank you to each and every one of you, so from here I send my appreciation to all those who have commented and who are still sharing,” Zaera wrote on Facebook after reuniting with Diaz.

“There are sometimes feelings you cannot explain and today is one of them. It is impossible to describe the feeling of the embrace of a body, to touch a face, take a hand that you take so much time dreaming to find.”

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