Monday, August 13, 2012

It's a Small World

Northville, Michigan is a small town several miles outside Detroit. Its streets are tree lined and full of well maintained Victorian houses. Its main street boasts a town square, there's little traffic, and the ample parking is free. The restaurants and stores are all locally owned - not a chain in sight. You don't stumble upon Northville, you have to seek it out. As a child growing up in Detroit I used to horseback ride at the Northville Riding Academy. Returning as an adult recently, very little had changed.

While eating an ice cream cone at Rebecca's, my husband and I began chatting with a lady and her niece. We assumed both ladies lived in Northville, until the older lady asked us where we lived, and we replied, Laguna Niguel, in southern California. We quickly followed up with our usual addendum, it's right next to Laguna Beach, which everyone knows. She quickly responded that she knew Laguna Niguel, because her niece lived there and was also visiting in Northville! What were the chances? Turns out we live about a mile from each other, but had to travel over 2000 miles to meet. This isn't the first time we've traveled far and ran into someone from nearby, but it never ceases to surprise us. Has it happened to you?


  1. Yes, it is a small world and it's happened to me on several occasions. What a delight to encounter a former classmate from many years ago a couple of thousand miles from home. I enjoyed your post, Jeannette, and am now a follower. Please join me at my site:

  2. Hi Jeanette,
    Visiting and joining from linkedIn. Your post about our shrinking world is very timely. We have just begun our vacation, and many times before we have run into someone we know from home. It will be interestingly see what awaits us on this adventure. Please visit me. Thank you.

  3. One time on a raft trip, we were on the ame boat with the new neughbors of my inlaws...didn't figure this out until the trip was nearly over. What a way to meet!

  4. Hi Jean, I'll be following you. You said we were former classmates. Please refresh my memory. Thanks.

  5. Thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks in Australia a few years ago. I'm now following the Fantasy Adventures. Very interesting.


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