The older I get, the more I don’t believe this thing called life is just one big coincidence. This picture was taken on a hot summer day in Brooklyn, New York, two years ago. The person taking it was one of the most important people in my life. When I was a child, I had told only her, that one day I wanted to name my daughter “Papaver”, which is a Poppy flower in Dutch. She laughed, as it was a silly name. Decades later, pregnant of a daughter, my mother asked me not to add her own name as we were planning to, because she didn’t like it. “Call her Poppy instead” my mother asked. It was only after my daughter was born, that I remembered I had always wanted that name, and somehow, it had found me back.
That winter, after our New York summernights, I started wondering what would happen if the person taking this picture would not be there one day. What would I do? How would I react? I was thinking this would happen in fifty years, and was somehow trying to prepare myself. But I lost her a few months later and with that, got my answer to the sudden wonders. I am still the same. The world still turns. Some relationships got strengthened, as well as the lesson that life has its unexpected ways. Who knows one day, she finds me back as well.
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