Have you ever encountered a word or a book or a name several times in the course of 24-hours? I always marvel when this happens to me. One time I encountered the word, insouciance, not once, not twice, but three times within that same day. Who uses a word like "insouciance?" I had to check the dictionary. Another time, I was introduced to a banjo player by the name of "Matthew (Matty) Forbes Jensen. That evening, at my "Stitch 'n Bitch" quilters group, I met a new member, Jenny Matthew Forbes. Dare I go on? The Harley-Davidson service guy's name was Forrest Matthews. Okay, there's no "Jensen" or "Forbes" but close enough to give you goose-bumps, right? Besides, what are the chances of hitting "Matthews" three times?
Life can be stranger than fiction. Or, maybe fiction imitates Life in a more exaggerated way because writers like to pluck the best or the worst or the most fascinating bits of their experiences to tell a more entertaining story. I find Life's coincidences are often the best show-stoppers without any embellishments.
At my dentist's, I had skimmed through a foodie magazine and one of the highlights was a hearty sea-chowder with three kinds of fish: basa, halibut and salmon (coho) along with prawns and scallops. It caught my eye because I liked all the seafood that was in there. Heading home I stopped at the bakery to pick up a loaf of crusty Tuscan bread and the person behind the counter was telling his customer that he had used that particular crusty bun with a seafood chowder he had made the previous night. Yep--it was the same 3-fish, prawns and scallop recipe. See, spooky coincidence.
Stopping for gas at my full-service station, the pump-man chatted about the vacation he and his wife were about to embark on--a 14-day Caribbean cruise in sunny climes of shorts, tees and sandals. Picking up my mail, I chatted with the mailman who wore this ear-to-ear grin as he informed me, "I'll be away with the wife on this 14-day cruise to the Caribbean." See, another coincidence. Maybe he'll meet up with my pump-man.
And, how about lottery tickets? I buy them occasionally whenever I feel there are "lucky" vibes in the air. The other day, I was convinced as this feeling was so strong, I impulsively bought a ticket. My numbers were 6, 13, 22, 27, 34 and 46. Want to hear the winning numbers? They were unbelievable--7, 14, 21, 26, 35 and 45. See? Just one number out for each of them. Okay, maybe this one doesn't really count as coincidence. I like to think Fate was just enjoying a good laugh!