Yeah, Itâ€™s a Small World.Â I say this quite frequently.Â It seems that I am particularly prone to overlaps in different areas of my life.
My most recent example definitely takes the cake.Â By way of background, I currently have a prominent position in a local Momâ€™s group.Â My name appears in the newsletter, etc.
About a week ago, I received an email from a pen pal I had when I was 12.Â Â This is already strange, because Iâ€™m now in my 30â€™s.Â As it happens, I did not change my name when I got married and she knew I was from this area, so she gave it a shot.Â I grew up in Massachusetts (where I now live), but she grew up in New Jersey.Â We wrote to each other until our early 20â€™s and then lost track of one another.
I was very surprised to hear from her and even more so to realize that we live in the same area.Â We had never met in person.Â Â She lived in NJ.Â I went to college in NJ, but then she left for college in PA.Â I then moved to Maryland.Â She later moved to Maryland.Â I moved back to Mass in 1997 and she moved here a few years ago.
As it happens, she lives in the same town, about 2 miles down the road.Â She got married 3 years ago, I got married 2 years ago (both in our 30â€™s).Â I have a 10-month-old son (now 11 months!), she has an 8 month old daughter.Â Weâ€™re both stay-at-home moms.Â Our husbands work with computers, and both of us have previously held jobs that involved technology and non-profits.Â In Boston.Â We each have traveled extensively for work and are glad we no longer have to.Â Weâ€™re pursuing writing careers (hers in fiction, mine in online journalism/freelancing) now that weâ€™re home and can really follow our interests.Â We each own two cats.
So, there you go.Â Is your world smaller than mine?Â Let me know!