23 February 2009

It is a Small World

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a book review, of The School of Essential Ingredients.

Because I'm that way, I read the Acknowledgements at the back of the book. To my surprise, one name jumped out at me - probably since it's an unusual spelling of a reasonably common last name. So I wrote to Erica Bauermeister, the author, and asked if he was who I thought he might be.

Yup. I've never met him, but he was married to a woman I went to college with, a woman who died of ovarian cancer a few years ago, leaving two year old twins. What's more, the book was dedicated to Heidi. When Bauermeister wrote back she said "I'm glad you wrote. It's often felt, in the past three years, as if Heidi's fingerprints have been all over this project. And here you are."

If that's not evidence that the world is a really tiny place, I don't know what is.

17 comments:

kathy a. said...

isn't that something, the odd connections we all find here and there? i love that the author felt your friend's "fingerprints" all over the book.

Kyddryn said...

Ah, welcome to the glorious state of Serendipity!

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

Gwen said...

I love this story because it inspires me to take a chance the next time I get the urge to reach out to someone.

daysgoby said...

That is the sweetest (albeit sad) thing I've heard in a bit....

Woman in a Window said...

And what a neat you for reaching out. I would hope I'd do the same but I'm not so sure.

heidi said...

that gave me chills.

Julia said...

Wow, just wow.

Stimey said...

I strongly believe in six degrees of separation. And I also believe that coincidence happens more often than you think it would.

bernthis said...

small world and horrible to hear that children lost their mom to such a vicious disease

Lori said...

I love when we're smacked in the head with our interconnectedness.

Figuratively ;-).

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

The last book written by oneofmyalltimefavoritewriters included in its acknowledgments a nod to the woman who sells me vegetables -- the woman who runs the CSA I've joined. How about that.

niobe said...

I sometimes feel that the world isn't quite big enough.

Lori at Spinning Yellow said...

This kind of thing happens to me a lot. I believe in the spiritual connectedness of things, that you see what you are seeking. That which you are aware of, becomes more evident.

pve design said...

it's a small world is now playing in my head.
i love it. that book is on my list.
pve

Kyla said...

Wow! That is touching.

julochka said...

what a cool story! there are no coincidences.

painted maypole said...

how cool!