when stopping by my favorite artist’s booth (kana handel), on the last day of the fair, to buy another of her beautiful creations, i shared with her a story of coincidence and connection, and to let her know that she was part of an equation that superseded the elements of both time and space. as i told her my tale, her face showed surprise, and her eyes opened wide at first, but soon her eyes softened and began to tear, and her look turned to a quiet smile of understanding.
i told her about my ex-husband, who i had met when i was just four years old, and i knew instantly when meeting him, (and told him), that i would one day marry him. he passed away on valentine’s day, 2 years past, while living in another state many miles away, and after years of no contact between us, and was a bittersweet experience.
it was a time filled with mixed emotions – sadness for what could have been, for all of the unrealized possibilities, and for things lost between himself and those he loved, now never to be resolved. soon after, one of my daughters flew there to help settle and organize his things, and to gain some measure of final closure. once she began this task, she surprised me with an wonderful discovery.
when cleaning off his desk, she found a business card that looked familiar, it was from an artist, whose work she had seen before, and she recognized it because she had seen her artwork on my walls and had seen the very same card on my desk here.
it seems that even though we had gone on to live very separate lives, and were many miles apart in every sense of the word, we still maintained a connection through the universe, unbeknownst to us. i was reminded of how we were first drawn to each other, and knew we were meant to meet for a wonderful reason – to create our legacy, our amazing daughters – once again proving that art and beauty transcend all.
Serendipity means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful without looking for it. The word has been voted one of the ten English words hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company.