Blogging Synchro: Photo Bombshell

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.


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9 Responses to Blogging Synchro: Photo Bombshell

  1. Sarah Edwards says:

    I saw this on Facebook last week and because I was reading your fabulous book The 7 Secrets of Synchronicity it struck me and reminded me of the synchronicity that my husband and I share.

    My husband was born with a hair lip and hand to have numerous operations to rectify this during his childhood. During one of these stays in hospital for him a young 8 year old girl was having her tonsils out and staying in the same mixed children’s ward. I used to have to walk passed his bed to get to the bathroom. It was only years after meeting that we got talking about our stays in hospital as children that we discovered we were in there at the same time!

  2. Melissa says:

    Love this story! I hadn’t seen it, so I am glad you shared.

    Similar with husband and I…we met in 2002 but from 1996 up until that point really, we had a few mutual acquaintances, frequented the same places, and eventually learned that we were probably even at the same party a couple of times. We lived two hours apart during that time! Not quite a synchro, but just shows how small the world really is.

    And to think that the night we actually met, I was so frustrated and was actually considering turning my car around and not even showing up to where he was! ;-)

  3. Shadow says:

    I just read Mke’s story on his Top 10 as I seem to have missed it. Totally amazing.

  4. natalie says:

    What are the odds? Love that one. :)

  5. Thanks for the mention. I didn’t know the Huffington Post had the story, haven’t been to their site for ages. I first noticed the story because it was set in Cornwall. Mousehole, by the way, is pronounced “Mowzel”. Dylan Thomas described it as “the loveliest village in England”. I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s typical Cornish.

    • Rob and Trish says:

      Mystery solved! This is similar to writers tuning in on the same idea for a novel… Mowzel doesn’t look as interesting as MOUSEHOLE!