Saturday, January 21, 2012
Coincidences, Mysteries, Prefigurements, and Foreshadowing
This is a photo of my daughter C.--taken approximately twenty years ago on a family trip to Catalina Island. I think the hat might have actually belonged to the captain of the boat. I don't remember exactly, but I imagine that with three cute little girls in tow, we somehow managed to catch his attention and ended up with a photo op.
Today, after almost six years of sailing historic tall ships, C. herself passed the test that makes her a captain. The picture was tucked in a photo album hidden away for years on a shelf in our garage, and last week as C. prepared for her captain's test, an image of her in a captain's hat surfaced in my memory.
I'm fascinated by coincidences, and have written about them here and here. And this one is one of my favorites.
Sometimes when I look into the eyes of the man who loves me, I think that he looks familiar, that I know him from somewhere a long time ago. Which seems highly unlikely. Our worlds do not appear to have ever intersected.
Over the years I've had recurring dreams about a house on hill with a grassy slope and a view. In the distance there's the shimmer of water.
photo credit: C's father