Connecting Threads

Sometimes, when you least expect it, a connection pops up in your life. Those moments blow my mind with the connections that lay under the surface of living. Here’s what I’m talking about . . .

Our neighbor from across the street, Blake, comes over and says, “Did you see the ambulance and firetruck last night about 2 a.m.?” What!? How did we miss this? Through the process of elimination, we figured the rescue vehicles must have been at a young couple’s house. This couple does not socialize in the street with the rest of us. However, we did know the lady was pregnant. The cloud of mystery hung over that house as we went about our daily lives.

Later, my husband began talking to an older couple who were out for a walk. Yes, the emergency vehicles were at the house in question. The baby had been delivered earlier in the week and they were the parents of the mother. The new mother had stopped breathing, which was the cause for the first responders. She was fine now.

The man was wearing a T-shirt that said Sedonna. My husband commented that was a very nice place. The man agreed, then proceeded to tell my husband that his sister used to live there, but she recently sold everything and moved to Ecuador. He was not happy about that move.

Ding, ding, bells went off in my husband’s head because I have a friend, Janet, who just went to Ecuador with her sister, Cathy, this summer to visit her best friend from high school. This best friend moved from Sedonna. “Does your sister have a best friend named Janet who visited her this summer?” inquired my husband. A look of surprise washed over his face. “Why, yes!” Now that makes you think small world, right? There’s more.

Through further conversation, my husband discovered this man knew my father and another family friend.

It’s amazing how the threads of lives connect and intersect. Sometimes all it takes is a little casual conversation to discover the links.

 

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18 thoughts on “Connecting Threads

  1. Mandy Robek says:

    I enjoyed your piece and hearing how small this world really is. I bet this will help you connect with those new neighbors and if not that new baby will once they settle in. However, this line has be pondering a lot right now – about life. “Sometimes all it takes is a little casual conversation to discover the links.” Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love small world connections. I had one myself this past week. While we were at a mall in Tennessee, my sister walked in with a Vincennes shirt on. Come to find out, the grandfather of the young man working in the store worked with my husband at the bank! Love it!

  3. margaretsmn says:

    I wish it didn’t take emergency vehicles to get us outside talking to each other, but that did it recently in our neighborhood. All was OK, false alarm, but I caught up on a child I taught, now grown with her own 2 children. Yes, connections is what makes the world go round. Uh Oh, I’ll be singing the “It’s a small world” song in my head now.

  4. Judy C. says:

    It always amazes me that no matter where we go or who we talk to, we are all connected in one way or another. So glad you hubby’s memory was good and made the connection.

  5. I love the feeling that you get when you make a connection with someone who used to be a stranger. It’s like everything is tethered together if we would only take the time to explore it.

  6. Kathy Douglas says:

    Love when things like that happen. Feels like you have solved a ‘sort of’ mystery. Also love how you brought us right into the action! Thanks!

  7. Phillip van someren says:

    So the take-away from this little lesson is: Always behave yourself no matter where you are in the world, there’s some one nearby who probably knows a friend of your mom or a friend of a friend and your deeds will be made known. Amen

  8. Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. Amazing isn’t it and so true.😎

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