Is there anybody in your life that you feel like you were just supposed to know?
Here is an example. I have a friend named Ritch. I’ve known him for about 15 years now. We met at our college orientation. (Wow. If you didn’t already know how old I was, I bet you could do that math in about three seconds.) I didn’t know anyone else there and I started talking to him because he was wearing a Death Angel t-shirt. (Can we please just act like I started talking to him for some other less embarrassing reason?) We also ended up living in the same off-campus dorm together. It turned out later that we each only applied to three colleges and they were the exact same three. (USF, FSU and UCF) We both got accepted to all three schools, we both applied to USF as our fallback school (Take that Gabe and Lori, so what if your team beats us at football every year?) we both wanted to go to FSU and for unknown reasons changed our minds and decided to go to UCF instead. We had also been in several places at the same time before and just never met (mostly metal shows but since we lived in cities that were two hours apart, that is still fairly unusual). I have always felt like I was supposed to be friends with Ritch. Call it fate or destiny or whatever, I just perceive it that way.
There is also a blogger like that. You can call her MOWA or Stirrup Queen or you can call her by her real name (which I won’t here because she doesn’t use it on her blog) but I first encountered her online when my family decided to relocate to the D.C. area. I knew her husband from blogging and I contacted him about a twins club around here. He said his wife was involved in one and put me in contact with her. She helped me out with information and then I lost touch with them when they both stopped blogging for a while.
A couple of months later I was talking to a woman on a local listserv about trying to get my kids to drink milk out of sippy cups instead of bottles and it turned out to be her.
Small world, huh?
Then about a two weeks ago, I was checking out blogs that link here. I noticed one that was an infertility blog and that the authors had twins, so I added them to my Big Multiples Blogroll.
About 10 minutes later I get an e-mail that it is her again. MOWA! And she lives about 30 minutes away from me. I feel like some power is trying to get me together with this woman. I don’t know why yet, but I’m guessing if we don’t make a playdate soon I will just run into her at a mall. I’ll be talking to the woman with twins (Twin parents always talk to the other parents with twins) and it will just be her. I completely expect this to happen.
On the other hand, I’ve been trying to hook up with Kristen from A Tale of Two Kiddies.
We have made about four or five playdates so far that have ALL fallen through. One time my kids got sick, one time I didn’t realize that it was Labor Day weekend and I wouldn’t even be in town, once I forgot all about something we had to attend for preschool and yesterday her daughter got an ear infection.
To add to the strangeness, she is a very active member of one of the twins clubs that I tried to join when I moved here. (Remember that mess?)
Do you think that some higher power is trying to keep us apart? Do you think two of our kids will get married and our grandchild will be a super villain? Will we concoct some sort of bioengineered virus that will wipe out the Earth’s population (doubtful, I don’t have a laboratory or a good Chemistry or Biology background) will we accidentally unleash an evil imp from captivity or the darkling?
Do you have a theory on this? Do you guys have people in your life that you felt like you were supposed to know, or not know?