Confluence of events April 2 & 3, 2016

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On June 7, 2016

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

Recent posts for which I have been first author have included pairs of interesting events which, depending on how they are viewed, could be mere coincidences or things that were connected for an unknown reason. I do not have visionary powers to know the answer, but I will say I am not inclined to view these events as random coincidences. I will summarize these events, which occurred in close proximity, in this post.

1. Based on the encouragement of a childhood friend, Sam, I re-published the book I wrote about my late, great cat, Ziggy Stardust (following the death two months before of David Bowie, who personified Ziggy Stardust in the 1970s). The announcement of the book’s publication began in this blog on March 29, 2016 and continued, via email and other means, for the next few days.

2. Gizmo, David’s and my adorable and loving Siamese cat, passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2016, within one week of the publication of the Ziggy book. (And, for those who enjoy a mind game every now and then: “Giz” is “Zig” in reverse!)

3. My childhood friend of 52 years, from whom I had been estranged for several years, arrived with his wife at David’s and my house on April 2, 2016, within minutes of Gizmo’s passing and provided a source of comfort to us no one else could have come close to providing.

4. My mother was born on April 3, 1916. Her favorite among my friends was none other than Roger, the childhood friend who, without knowing, selected her 100th birthday (and the day before) to visit me, after many years of not getting together for visits.

5. Friends of David’s and mine celebrated their first anniversary on the day that would have been Mom’s 100th birthday, including with a “fruit basket” cake that was her absolute favorite dessert.

I will never forget the confluence of events involving my cats, my friends, and my mom that came together during the first weekend of April, 2016. I will leave it to the readers of this post to draw conclusions about why things happen in combination.

Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On June 7, 2016

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

I suppose none of us will ever know how life’s events coincide. Leola (Melissa’s mother) is a common thread in some of these events and she did seem to have some eerie powers.  (But, that is another story.)  Nonetheless, in relatively rapid succession in 2016, at least 5 events were interconnected and connected to things beyond them.  It may sometimes be the case that we perceive things to be connected that are not actually connected other than when viewed through particular perspectives.  For example, as I wrote about hearing “Stairway to Heaven” immediately when leaving 2 funerals I considered how it might seem less significant if I heard the song an hour later.  Hearing it as the first song on the radio was different.  Maybe the coincidences give us comfort; that could be a part of it.  But when 5 things with so much interconnectivity occur in less than a week, one wonders.  Wondering is a big part of life.  Some people are absolute and seem to wonder about nothing.  That is not how my brain functions and I wonder, and question, many things all the time.  Recently, the wonder part of my brain is working overtime!

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