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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Amazing Story...

Today, during the first day of the cat show, an odd, unusual, and, I think, amazing story unfolded:

Almost 12 years ago, my mom died and we put her house on the market. This was the house I'd been born in, had lived in all my life except for the short period I was married. My daughter was raised there. I was torn to pieces when the family had to sell...but...

A lovely couple bought the house and moved in. It was their first house, he was blind and they were delighted that it was on the bus route so he could easily get to work each day. She loved cats and hoped that she could finally have one there in that house. She invited me to come back and visit, and it has just not been something I could handle. The years have slipped by.

Today, a woman came into the booth and my sister-in-law was helping her, but finally brought her over to me. She told me who she was - that she had bought my mother's house. And she ordered a bag from me (yes, it was odd writing down that well known address on the sales slip!).

That might not all seem so odd, until you hear a few more of the details.

She knew me on sight. She's a knitter who loves to knit socks. She loves cats. Her mother has the same physical illness my mother had (and that's an unusual thing, being an autoimmune disease that isn't all that common). Her husband has died, but she still lives in the house and loves it.

She's begun taking piano lessons. My mother was a piano teacher.

Ok. Maybe I'm making connections here that I shouldn't, maybe I'm too tired to see that all these things don't make a hill of beans. Maybe it's just a small town, after all...

Or. Maybe. Not?


Blogger Turtle said...

some interesting connections. Maybe your mom is saying hi to you in this way, letting you know she is always around. Smile, maybe she and the lady in the home have made friends! (if you believe in that, which i do) Good luck with the rest of the show.

2:40 AM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

There are no coincidences. I think it's wonderful that you've reconnected with her.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Home and connections are a very important thing. I bought my parents house last year and found out I'm the 3rd person my age to return to the neighborhood. It's spooky but great to see the old neighborhood again with the same people. We all love the connection.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

What a wonderful story! It's nice to be able to reconnect with your house and your history just a bit, no? :) I hope the rest of the show is going well!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

There's no such thing as coincidence? (Or something like that.) Hrm. Makes you wonder.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Geraldine said...

Wow....that is some kind of wonderful story Sallee!!!!

I loved reading this. What a great day it must have been for you to meet this woman and to have such a nice visit with her. Thanks for sharing, this was truly special and I definitely think this happened for a reason,beyond just coincidence.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Very cool story. Be blessed by it. Maybe you two can spend some time together.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

Nothing happens for no reason. My money's on Mrs. E!

8:52 PM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Wow! That's simply amazing. Sounds as though you were meant to reconnect in this way.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Great story! Whether it is a coincidence or not, it sounds like a good encounter.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

Amazing story and I agree with Turtle's comment.

It sounds like it made your heart happy. :-)

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Mera said...


Remember my first wedding...

Well, you said it best... "Nana's here..." always.

Cause this isn't that small of a town.

But I still don't like the fact that she tore out the old fireplace in the backyard and took out Nana's garden. ;p

Love you.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

What a cool story. I think your Mom knew you needed a hug from her so she found a way to give you one :)

1:50 AM  

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