Do you ever think the stars are aligned just right and your path in life was destined to cross that of another's? If I didn't before, I do now after my experience in California.
I spent part of the first day walking the show with Ali and her friend Tricia. Tricia was at the show to shop for Cocoa Daisy, the online scrapbooking kit club she operates from her home in Seattle. We had met briefly at the Scrap Etc. event a year ago but didn't really have an opportunity to talk there. So as we're browsing the booths we're exchanging small talk, getting to know one another a little better.
She asked where I lived, and since no one has ever heard of Pace, I replied that home was just outside of Pensacola, Florida. Her interest perked up, and she said her husband had almost taken a job in our area. In fact, she explained, they came here house-shopping. Well actually, she went on, it wasn't Pensacola; it was Pace. Hmmm, I said...I live in Pace. Well actually, she continued, it wasn't really Pace. It was a golf course community just outside Pace called Stonebrook. Hmmm, I said...I live in Stonebrook. We couldn't narrow down the exact location of the house she had looked at but it was clear we had come close to being neighbors.
We strolled along through a few more booths continuing the small talk when somehow the conversation turned to her youth, and she mentioned that she had grown up in Columbus, Georgia. Hmmm, I said...my son and his family live in Columbus, Georgia. Wide-eyed at the growing number of coincidences in our lives, she asked if they lived in the Maple Ridge subdivision. No I replied, thinking the chain was broken, they weren't in Maple Ridge but not far away, just off Blackmon Road. At this point Tricia burst out laughing. Her parents now live just off Blackmon Road. What are the odds.
Maybe it turned out to be a good thing that our time together came to an end...no telling how many other things in our lives paralleled one another. Just knowing these was a little too spooky.