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Serendipity

serendipity

[ser-uh n-dip-i-tee] /ˌsɛr ənˈdɪp ɪ ti/
 
noun
  1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
  2. good fortune; luck:

    the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.

I used to think serendipity was just about luck.  It’s more than that, isn’t it?  Yes, there is definitely an element of luck but it also is luck that you’ve made possible.

Why am I going on about this pretty word; and it is pretty, don’t you think?  After two days of full-on cooking ~ I’m talking starting at 6:30 in the morning, finishing around 12:30 am (with breaks for delivery and dish-washing and feeding the boys. Oh wait, that entails cooking too!) on both days ~ I was tired and ached all over.
I had two options: take a nap or walk Zeke in the beautiful, warm sunshine.  OK, there was that third option of going to the gym that I signed up for last Tuesday and have not been to since.  But seriously, not in contention for today’s options!
The sun was too bright to ignore, not to mention Zeke’s imploring eyes.  The nap could wait.  Off we went into the sun’s warming rays.  Oh yes, my friends, after months of freezing our tushies off, I was outside.  In a spring-type jacket.  No gloves.  No tuque.  No scarf…   (Yes, Mom, I know.  Too early to take it all off!!)  I was, however, wearing some hiking boots that are waterproof as my winter boots are still wet from yesterday (and frankly, way too hot), my rubber boots (Wellies to you Brits) are in the trailer up north and my running shoes are not waterproof.  There were puddles to jump over and slushy snow to walk through.  Protection was necessary.

Now, which direction?  How far was I willing to walk on my aching feet?

Reflections on melting ice

Reflections on melting ice

I decided to see if I would be lucky enough to run into Lorna and Virginio, a lovely couple I met on a walk a few weeks ago.  Would serendipity come into play?  Yes, there is an element of luck involved, but there is more of a chance of running into them if I actually walk on their street, n’est-ce pas?

Zeke was confused because the direction we took was a totally different one.  Normally we walk on this street on our way back from going to “my” river.  There is no way I was walking that far.  As in may areas of Boucherville, there are many little and large parks with skating circles with or without separate hockey rinks.  The reflections in the melting ice caught my eye so I made my way to a bench and left  Zeke to his own devices.  Many trees to sniff, you know.

My little picture-taking session over, we hit he street.  Hmm, the car is there but the curtains are drawn.  Though the first time we met, an invitation was issued to drop by for a cappuccino by La Barista (V said L was the best!), now was not the time.  I mean, c’mon, I met them all but once!  So, we take a few more steps and lo and behold, I hear:  “Hey there Zeke!”

Serendipity.

Isn’t it wonderful how you can meet people and feel an instant rapport and be able to talk about movies, books, food, without feeling the slightest awkwardness?  V then totally made my day by telling me that he found I had a good aura about me.  What a fabulous thing to be told.  I have not been feeling at my most shiniest and brightest lately and these words were manna from heaven.  Grazie Virginio.  Lorna, I can see why you’ve kept him around for these 43 years!

We must have chatted in their driveway for a good half hour before I turned back for home with a list of movies to look out for (Midnight’s Children is serendipitously playing tomorrow morning!), a hankering to make risotto and the knowledge that I would be welcome for a cup of coffee and a chitchat ~ as long as I brought Zeke!  I will be kind to them and wait for much dryer weather because them-there paws were pretty gross!

25 thoughts on “Serendipity

  1. I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck. People used to say my father-in-law was lucky because so many chances fell his way but actually it was because he was a decent chap who helped others so when they could do something for him, they inevitably did.
    Enjoy your sunshine – wrapped up properly or not.

    • As do I. You get out what you put in, that is for sure! Cooler temps are called for today so I am definitely glad I took advantage of it! Have a wonderful day, Anne!

  2. Hours of cooking … OK … you’ve been busy … but I was wondering about you. Bottom line, you seem well … and cheers to your newly-found friendships. …. and loud hoorays for teh melting snow.

    • I have. Keeps me out of trouble 😉
      You were? How come? I am ~ mostly ~ well!
      Fun stuff, eh? New-found friendships and melting snow. How could one not smile?

  3. You came to mind because I haven’t encountered you the past few days – especially considering RRR posted … I posted … Thought about suggesting RRR and I come to your area to use a tango to melt the snow … but, then I thought of potential flooding from the sudden melt.

  4. What a wonderful story! Serendipity (luck) is out there waiting just around the bend but we do have to go out and find it. You have a true knack for finding joy in the moment. V&L are lucky to have met you…and Zeke.

  5. You gave me chills reading ‘manna from heaven’ … isn’t it awesome how God sends us what we need just in time?! You have a great aura about you via your blog too! It just seeps out of you!

  6. Serendipity….just the word makes me smile. I don’t think anything bad ever came from the feelings or findings of these occurrences. I think people come into our lives for a reason at a time we need them most. They may not always stay very long but the time you spend with them stays with you forever. I’m glad you found these new friends. How cool was it that you ran into them when you hoped to be lucky enoughy to see them again.
    And I love that feeling that you describe where you find someone you’ve never met before and can speak with them like you’ve known them forever when it’s sometimes such a strain to speak with a family member or individual you’ve known your whole life.
    Thanks for the smile today.

    • I love the sound of it too! You know, I think you are right, George; I don’t think I’ve every heard of a negative serendipitous event… I think when it’s negative, we call it Karma! And yes, timing and reason seem to be the thing.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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