Scintilla Day 6

Write about a chance meeting that has stayed with you ever since.

This doesn’t happen to me often, because to be frank, strangers don’t find me interesting, charming, or worth the time to engage. I don’t play social games often, and when I do, rejection is usually the result, so I don’t bother. When people first meet me, they can either take me or leave me, and they usually leave me.

So when it comes to in person chance meetings that have had a permanent impact on me, I’ve thought all day and couldn’t come up with one. Make of that what you will.

It does, however, happen online sometimes.

A few years ago, I was on YouTube looking for Christmas music. I encountered a home movie, with an odd thumbnail. (I won’t say which song or video, in order to protect the privacy of those involved.) I clicked on it.

I will say it was a woman that was “performing” a Christmas song in a unique way. A certain charming goofiness to the video. So much so that I commented, (mostly in response to someone else’s derogatory comment on the video.)

The woman gave a thumbs up on my comment, and I replied again. We started what was first a comment chat, which moved into a private message chat over the next few weeks. Which is where it stayed until after about a year we exchanged phone numbers, and talked on the phone several times, me still commenting on her new videos.

With the rise of Facebook, we agreed to friend each other there, where for the next several years our friendship evolved and blossomed. We shared certain large differences of opinion but otherwise felt on the same wavelength for many things.

She and I don’t talk as much as we used to, but we are still in touch, and I still consider her an important friend in my life. Someone that has at least altered the trajectory. And it all happened because of a goofy youtube video she happened to make that I happened to find.





  1. The funny thing about this prompt is that it uses the word “chance” and I don’t particularly believe in coincidence. You were meant to meet this person and they were meant to meet you. Right time. Right place. Right person.

    • You could be right. I usually believe that, but sometimes life seems extra random to me. Hopefully, it isn’t as random as I fear some days. =)

  2. What a wonderful read. I love it when life is like that, you see something that nobody else sees and express it. Then it leads to serendipity. I like your writing voice and honesty.

  3. Thank you, Marie.

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