Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 107

It’s a small world after all….

Today I went for lunch with some American people whom I had never met before.

That is a very interesting thing to do because you just don’t know….

So why did I go for lunch with people I’d never met before? Am I looking to swing? Am I very, very lonely?

None of the above. You see, there’s a story here of coincidences that led me to go for lunch with a couple of the most charming and interesting people in Columbia, Maryland.

My parents took a trip to South Africa last month.
On this trip they took a boat ride out of Johannesburg and chatted to a couple on this boat.

Table Top Mountain view from the harbour

Table Top Mountain view from the harbour

I imagine the conversation went something like this:

My parents: ‘Oh, you’re American…’
Lovely couple: ‘Yes, we live in Maryland…’
My parents: ‘Our daughter and her family have just moved to Maryland….’
Lovely couple: ‘We live in Clarksville…’
My parents: ‘Gosh, so does she…..!’
Lovely couple / my parents: ‘Do you know Giant / Roots / Columbia Gym / Centennial Park….? Etc.’
Lovely couple / my parents: ‘What a coincidence!’

So they swapped details and I contacted the lovely couple that my parents had met briefly on a boat ride and off I popped for an engaging, entertaining and enlightening lunch this very day. A lovely lunch with some amazing chickpea and chocolate chip cookies.

Chickpea cookies - yum!

Chickpea cookies – yum!

And so, the moral of the story is…..just take the opportunity, go with it, keep your mind and options open, because you never know who may meet. Fate, dear friends, is a very strange, and sometimes very rewarding, thing. I almost feel I was supposed to meet this lovely couple… (plus now my dad has someone to play golf with when he comes out to stay πŸ™‚ )

Happy blogger

Another lovely tweety/bloggy person approached me today in the gym, recognising me as ‘UK Desperate Housewife’. It is a brillopads thing to be part of a community. I tweeted straight away that we had met, cos that’s what we do. Tweet, blog, FB, tweet, blog all day long!

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10 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 107

  1. Hello,

    I really enjoy your blog but as a proud (ex) Cape Townian I have to point out that the boat ride must have been from Cape Town, not Johannesburg. (There is a bit of friendly rivalry between the cities as to which one is best!) I hope I haven’t offended you, I was very happy to see that lovely picture today.

  2. Kate Evans says:

    Geography letting you down Claire, I think you will find it was Cape Town that they took a boat out of πŸ™‚

    Keen for the cookier recipe if you can get a hold of it

  3. Kate Evans says:

    and you see that English is letting me down – that should be cookie

  4. Judy Ratner says:

    I already have all the ingredients for the chickpea, choc brownies and I am totally making these this weekend! Won’t tell my co-workers on Monday that they’re vegan and healthy until they’ve sampled them πŸ™‚

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