Archive for the 'coincidence' Category

Did I set this up?

July 21, 2015

I can’t remember whether I transplanted this day lily to the base of the stump on which my black Buddha sits because its colors reminded me of Buddhist monk clothing or because it seemed like a good spot in the yard to absorb yet another day lily.  I know I was searching for a place for it — my recollection is that I needed to remove the plant from where it was and couldn’t figure out where to put it.  But I don’t remember what the deciding factor was for choosing this spot.  I do know that one of my considerations was whether I would be creating, by where I planted it, yet another area I would have to mow around and not through — I already had to mow around the pear tree stump, so this spot did not add difficulty to that task.  And some other areas I was considering for the transplant had too many tree roots or early-spring flower bulbs to make them suitable locations in which to dig a hole.


The day lily didn’t flower last year, and maybe it didn’t flower even the year before, so I didn’t remember what it looked like.  When it bloomed this year, its first blossom opened at the same time I was reading a column on the NYTimes website about the Dalai Lama.  I think there was a picture of him included with the column online.  It made me happy to see his colors echoed in the flower.



June 26, 2015

I saw a rainbow the other evening (I think it was Wednesday), as I looked out my backdoor.  I didn’t even think to connect it to the same-sex marriage decision released by the Supreme Court today until I noticed the rainbow banner across my WordPress page.

“Oh, he’s in our ER”

April 26, 2015

I was trying to chase down a phone number my older son had given me, and when I called the health care conglomerate whose number it is, the person who answered the phone told me, to my astonishment, “Oh, he’s in our ER right now.”

Complete coincidence.

She put me through, and Jonas told me about his crushed and infected hand.  He’ll be in the hospital for a few days.