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SoCS- Feb.5, 2022- Page- More Than Coincidence

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “page.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!

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Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth

I JUST LOST MY WHOLE SoCS content! (If that’s the worst thing that happens to me today, I’ll be fine. LOL)
Ugh… Here’s my stream of consciousness about my Stream of Consciousness lost content.

The first thing I thought of when I glimpsed the prompt word “page” was of a most extraordinary coincidence that I experienced. It happened on January 16th, 2009. How do I know this? You’ll see.
I was curled up on my couch reading a book that I’d received for Christmas, one January, when the coincidence of a lifetime happened. The book was Duma Key by Stephen King. (I’m more of a Dean Koontz fan, but whatever.) The meat of the story centered around the artworld, specifically art galleries and their workings.
I’m a fan of visual arts so I was enjoying the book better than I’d expected. Add in some really odd characters and humorous dialog and I was hooked.
It’s interesting to note that there are 611 pages in this book, and I was on a page that was mentioning Andrew Wyeth and his famous work Christina’s World when my phone rang.
I was (embarrassingly) ignorant of Andrew Wyeth, at the time, and had just made a mental note to look him up ‘later on’ because it wasn’t critical to the story.
The call was from my mom and although I don’t remember why she called, I definitely remember what she said,
“I just heard that Andrew Wyeth died today. He was the artist who did Christina’s World.”.
Wait what?

The book had 610 other pages that I may have been on.
-Andrew Wyeth could have died on a ‘bazillion’ other days.

-Andrew Wyeth painted many other notable works.
-My mother’s call could have come at uncountable other moments.
-The topic of artists wasn’t an “in the news” theme at all.
-The exact page was saved in the book and my mind was on the artist.

What were those odds?!
Needless to say, I’ll never win the lottery. My one-in-a-billion moment happened in 2009.


I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

13 thoughts on “SoCS- Feb.5, 2022- Page- More Than Coincidence

  1. I suspect when we start to notice, we discover more so-called coincidences. Don’t be embarrassed that you didn’t know the name, Andrew Wyeth. I didn’t either, though I’ve seen the familiar, Christina’s World. Thanks for nudging me to look up the artist. I discovered a couple paintings I like way more: One called Master Bedroom with a dog sleeping on the bed and one with the sea breeze blowing in curtains that are almost transparent.

  2. That is the coolest thing ever. You should’ve played the lottery right then and there on that day. lol. There was an exhibit of his work at the McNAy here in town not to long ago. Christina’s World is captivating.

  3. This tale of yours sent shivers up my spine. This coincidence sounds just too … coincidental. I loved Duma Key and read it more than once. I’m a keen Stephen King fan – such an appealing sinister mindset he seems to have. I read Dean Koontz occasionally, but King is definitely the winner. Let me go read up about Andrew Wyeth.

    1. Thanks for your ‘shivers’. I still get them!
      I thoroughly enjoyed Duma Key. King is a master storyteller. My only complaint is his tendency toward vulgarity. I’m no prude when it comes to prison settings or war, but it didn’t seem to be integral to the story in some cases. I started reading Thinner once and found his description of genitals a bit much. That’s when I turned to Koontz for the thrills. If you’ve never read Intensity, I recommend it. A real nail-biter. I’m also happy to have broadened your interest in Wyeth. Much appreciated!

      1. And here’s another coincidence for you: Intensity is the very first book by Dean Koontz that I ever read, and I was hooked from the first page. I just feel that the last few books published by him started to exude a watered down / vanilla feeling. I did not find it as gripping.

      2. I agree. I haven’t read his newest stuff. I opt for the older ones. From The Corner of My Eye was a grabber. Thanks for keeping my coincidence alive. LOL

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