Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Connections

I'm here to tell you that I never really got an understanding of that whole "six degrees of separation" concept that people were so dazzled by several years ago.

But . . .

Here's what happened:

1. I subscribe to the Star Clippers blog. They operate those clipper ships that we love and I like to know what is going on there.

2. Not long after we returned from our Italy/Croatia trip, that blog featured a post by a young woman who had been on the same cruise that we were. I left a comment.

3. Someone at Star Clippers followed the comment to my blog, discovered that I was writing about the trip as well, and asked if Star Clippers might cross-post my posts. Well, of course.

4. Someone in Maryland read one of my posts and wrote to me to say she had enjoyed it and, by the way, she had grown up in Small Town Near Philadelphia. There are many small towns near Philadelphia.

5. But this lady grew up in my particular Small Town Near Philadelphia.

6. So I wrote back and told her that was my town.

7. She wrote again and said she believed she was a bit older than I am, and provided her growing-up address. Which happens to be on one of my walking routes. And which happens to be literally around the corner from the street where I grew up.

8. I recalled a girl a bit older than me who had lived on that street and had the same first name as my correspondent. That girl had a younger sister with a particular health issue and I remembered as a child being a bit mystified by not being able to eat cookies because of having diabetes and being afraid that I would "catch it." (I liked cookies). So I wrote back again, mentioning same.

9. Yup. This woman is the older sister of the non-cookie-eater and, in fact, was in high school with my sister, probably in the same graduating class.

What more can I say?



10 comments:

Kristy said...

Okay, that is just Amazing!!!!!

Janet O. said...

Cue the Twilight Zone music! : )

Barbara Anne said...

Showing my age, but ...
"It's a small world after all, It's a small world after all ..." !!! And so it 'tis.

How about that?!

Hugs!

PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

A friend introduced me to her husband's co-worker from another part of the US. Same deal. He lived around the corner from me and was in my 2nd grade class, and actually in my class picture. I think we must have been in a mixed grade class because he graduated from high school a year ahead of me, or something. In any case, I didn't know of him at all later on. The three year high school had 3600 students.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Behold the power of the internet as far as helping us connect those six degrees . . . Amazing!

Jeanna said...

Crazy small world!

Nancy, I'm going to be in the Philly area after the Christmas holiday and was wondering if you could recommend some quilt and knit shops to visit. I'll taking the Septa from Marcus Hook or Claymont near Wilmington, DE.

Thanks, in advance!

pcflamingo said...

I was waiting for the punch line to be "...and it was Kevin Bacon's sister!"

I'm so gullible like that.

LizA. said...

'Tis indeed, a small world after all. It always amazes me when these connections occur....last day of the cruise we sat down for breakfast and two retired couples joined us. Turns out they are from the small town right next to the small town in Ohio where my grandparents lived and we spent many a summer.....

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Wow... I've had similar small-world experiences such as these and they always delight and amaze me! This is such a happy coincidence... which, as a dear friend once told me, is simply God winking. I love that.

Laurie said...

We lived for about 22 years in a small town west of Philly. We moved to NC about 7 years ago. When we first went to our Church, down here, there was a car in the parking lot with a Scotch Plains, NJ sticker. How funny to see that since I went to high school in Scotch Plains. It seems his grown daughter lived there.
The world can be a small place.