We had moved to Prytania after the 4th grade. I attended Lincoln Elementary for 5th and 6th grades. Coincidentally, my wife Kim attended Lincoln through 5th grade and lived only a block away from me but I didn’t know who she was and wouldn’t meet her until 10th grade.
My younger brother Steve, who was in 3rd grade at the time, came home one day and told me there was this funny kid at school who at recess time would stand at the top of the playground near the fencing and would push all the kids down the hill in a King of the Hill fashion. He told me I had to see him, and that it was really funny to watch. The next day I went down to check it out and sure enough, there was a siege being attempted by a few smaller kids trying to take the top of the hill from this other kid. Steve told me the kid’s name – Scott Pike.
And so that was that. I never really gave it any further thought. It was just a funny little game being played by third graders and nothing more….or was it? If we all were to pay attention; if we all looked for connections, looked for hints of our linkages to each other, who are the people you would find connections to? Would they just be mere semblances to you or would they help you feel there is more meaning to your lives?
My life sometimes feels to me like a gigantic mound of interrelated connections and coincidences. I think this is so though only because I look for them. When I see them, I immediately mentally call them out and if they’re important enough, I’ll remember them forever, (or until Alzheimer’s kicks in – whichever comes first). As a tiny example, just “now”, (the day I am writing this one), my virtual blogger friend Emily posted a short note about a CNN interview she was a part of and she referenced the movie Forrest Gump. I had finished reading her story and posted a complimentary comment and made a reference of my own to Forrest Gump. No sooner had I posted it that the song which popped up on my Sirius radio was Freebird, the song being played in Forrest Gump when Jenny was outside on the ledge. I love catching these little things for if nothing else, they make life more interesting.
What of Scott Pike, King of the Hill? He would later become my brother-in-law. It was all just another coincidence in my life, another piece of the puzzle, another hint that there was someone out there I was meant to be with….at least that’s my juicy rationalization for the day.
For those who are wondering just how important rationalizations are, watch this short 1-minute clip from The Big Chill (one of my favorite discussion banters in movies)