Last night before I went to bed, I realized I hadn’t experienced a synchronicity for awhile and thought how I would like to begin the next morning with a synchro.
My usual routine each morning is to take my iPad out into the kitchen and, as I eat breakfast, use it to pick up email, read a couple of blogs, and take a look at the news on Huffington Post. My first stop is usually Mike Perry’s blog and then I eventually make my way to Huffington Post.
So this morning’s post on Mike’s blog is about how a married couple were unknowingly photographed together on a beach in the U.K. eleven years before they met and got married. Aimee Maiden, 25, and Nick Wheeler, 26, were going through old family photos before they got married and were astounded to find a 1994 photo of themselves as kids, playing on the same beach.
Aimee grew up in the seaside village of Mousehole, Cornwall, and visited the beach regularly and Nick just happened to be there on vacation. The two spent the day just a few yards apart on the beach building sand castles, but their families were strangers and never spoke.
Nick moved to Cornwall a year later but didn’t meet Aimee until they were at the same sixth form college in Truro and fell in love. They didn’t have any idea they’d met before until they were going through old holidays photos at Nick’s grandparents’ house. Aimee was shocked to see herself as a little girl in the background.
She said: “The photo was taken by Nick’s grandad. Nick is sitting front right in the boat with his sister and two cousins and his family, his mum, uncle and nan are to the right and behind them.”
After college, they moved in together and Nick joined the army and Aimee trained as a teacher. They recently got married at a church in Mousehole that’s just a minute’s walk from the beach where the photo was taken twenty years ago.
After I read the story, I told Rob about it, then clicked on Huffington Post and found the same story: The Bride Photobombed Her Groom in Childhood Photo 11 Years Before They Met.
“Maybe Mike got his story from the Huffington Post,” Rob said.
“Or Huffington Post got the story from Mike’s blog,” I said.
I went back to Mike’s blog and clicked on the credit for the photo, which took me to Kent Online, where the original story had appeared. It had gone up on July 31. Mike’s story had gone up at 6:00 a.m. on August 2, the day that I read it, so it’s unlikely that either source got the story from each other, and that both got it from Kent Online. It’s simply one of those stories that seizes your attention because of the odds involved.
And for me, it’s definitely a synchronicity. Within a few minutes, I found the same story in two different sources that are regular stops for me in the morning.