Serendipity is defined as "finding something you weren’t really looking for" and also as "making unexpected and fortunate discoveries". I have experienced "serendipity" today.
In April, at the local art show, I bought a painting by a lady from Moorhead whose first name is Sherbanoo and I knew that was not an "English" name in the sense that the Amish consider "the English". Sure enough, when I met her today, I learned that she had been born and spend her earlier life in India. She brought along her friend, named Tanmayi, who is also a native of India. What a delightful time we had today. I invited my friend Fran to come also to meet the two ladies and we spend a good length of time talking, admiring the painting I bought, taking pictures of it for a website, and reading some of Fran’s wonderful poetry. It was definitely a day for the Fine Arts!!!
Our conversation led to many things; the two ladies really enjoyed the rural setting in which I live; they loved the trees in our wooded land, the open skies, the fresh breezes, and also decided that they were ready to move into my little cabin ("Hytte") as soon as they could transport their possessions out there! Now, this is a good reason to get electricity and water hooked up to the little sunporch/cabin!!! I have people ready to occupy it.
We enjoyed having an old fashioned "whipped cream" cake with raspberry topping, tea, coffee and lemonade. We had to go easy as one of the ladies had a dinner appointent at 5:30 and we could not ruin her appetite completely. The two ladies also offered to make a complete dinner of Indian cooking and that prospect is one that I am eager to see through to the day we do it. I have always wanted to eat Indian cuisine and here is an opportunity not only to taste that style of cooking but to have it homemade and delivered to my own home for an evening of more delight and serendipity!!!
I love meeting new people and making new friends. I think this has been accomplished today with the serendipitous meeting…. via a lovely watercolor painting I bought at an art show in April. The talented artist contacted me soon after and after e- mailing each other for a couple of months, we finally arranged a day to meet and talk and enjoy each others’ company along with two of our good friends as well. Another good friend, "Dorothy" who is well into her 80s could not come along today, so we have planned a meeting to have lunch together at one of the many F-M restaurants as soon as we possibly can arrange that.
Friends are wonderful! New friends are wonderful! Life is good!