I love stories about coincidences. Big or small, there is something about a good coincidence story that makes me think about why things happen the way they do.
The one that happened here yesterday is hardly earth-shattering. In fact you will probably wonder why I bothered to write about it. Yesterday we watched a family movie together – Freaky Friday with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan (no, I didn‘t tell the kids that she is currently serving jail time). It was all right, and didn’t involve characters by the names of Dora, Arthur or Barbie, so it was win-win for all of us. Later, after the girls were in bed, Tony and I watched the second episode of the program Big Love. We rented the DVD, and we will make our way through this series like we did with Six Feet Under. While watching Big Love, the teenage characters in the episode went to a drive-in movie. They were watching the movie….wait for it…..Freaky Friday.
Freaky? No? I told you it wasn’t earth-shattering. But the fact that we rented those two DVDs and watched them on the same day makes you think about the choices we make and when. I also think about what near-misses we may have experienced. What else have we NOT done on the same day to miss out on a funny coincidence.
A lot of coincidences arise when you bump into someone that you know in an unexpected place. Once in London, England my brother and I were on the same train car as someone that grew up close to our house. If we had been on the train just before or just, or if we were one car over, we never would have seen him. I wonder how many times we have such a near miss and don’t bump into that person. With technology today, things like Foursquare etc, will we have fewer near misses? Will we always know everyone who is around us; will we embrace this, or hide from this?
Has technology worked for you to bump into someone you wouldn’t have otherwise? And do you have any freaky stories that happened to you?