While we were eating lunch at the picnic tables behind the dunes my son's girlfriend looked at the family gathered at the next table and said "I think that girl went to school with us." I thought- well you know a lot of people look like other people and said as much but she kept saying that she was almost sure. Then I saw one of the men at the table had a Pine Bush T-shirt on. OMG- it was a family from our home area! I told the kids to go say hi but they said they really did not remember the girl's name and would have been embarrassed to say something without knowing that much (this will seem strange to you who don't know that the class they graduated with was almost 600 kids large). Anyway later we were getting ready to take a tour of the Spanish-style castle Atalaya, former winter home and studio of noted American sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington (AWESOME) and the family passed by us to hear we were from Pine Bush and gave a shout out. After that the kids finally remembered the girl's name but the family was gone by the time we were done with the tour.
Fast forward to yesterday when I got a call to set up an appraisal appointment for a property I am acting as buyer's agent for in a sale. The appraiser said his name and you guessed it - the same last name as the girl on the beach. I said "Were you in South Carolina last week?" He said "Was that you?" and we were both stunned. Not only did we see another family from our home in a different and distant location, eat lunch right next to them, and tour the same house but we now will be working on the same deal.
It is truly a small world and you never know who you will meet. I am just glad I wasn't being wild and crazy when I saw him down there. It could have been embarrassing!