Me,  Random and Weird

A Smile Means Friendship to Everyone

Yeah, It’s a Small World.  I say this quite frequently.  It seems that I am particularly prone to overlaps in different areas of my life.

My most recent example definitely takes the cake.  By way of background, I currently have a prominent position in a local Mom’s group.  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.   This is already strange, because I’m now in my 30’s.  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.  I grew up in Massachusetts (where I now live), but she grew up in New Jersey.  We wrote to each other until our early 20’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.  We had never met in person.   She lived in NJ.  I went to college in NJ, but then she left for college in PA.  I then moved to Maryland.  She later moved to Maryland.  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.  She got married 3 years ago, I got married 2 years ago (both in our 30’s).  I have a 10-month-old son (now 11 months!), she has an 8 month old daughter.  We’re both stay-at-home moms.  Our husbands work with computers, and both of us have previously held jobs that involved technology and non-profits.  In Boston.  We each have traveled extensively for work and are glad we no longer have to.  We’re pursuing writing careers (hers in fiction, mine in online journalism/freelancing) now that we’re home and can really follow our interests.  We each own two cats.

So, there you go.  Is your world smaller than mine?  Let me know!

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