What are the Chances?

A while ago, (and also earlier today) in my blog, I published  this photo of my sisters and my dad and I in our living room. I think I was 8 or 9 years old at the time the photo was taken. Soon after the first time I published it, a friend here in Mexico, Janice Kimball,  called me and said she had a gift for me and could I come to dinner and she would give it to me. I did so and when she gave me the “gift” it was piece of material she inherited from her aunt that she has kept all these years and even brought down to Mexico with her. Yesterday, I made it into a pillow and this is a photo of it. What are the chances?


I was going to put it down in my hammock with other throw pillows and put it in a basket at the foot of my bed with some other materials going down to my studio or my hammock area so I’d remember to take them down, but when I went to bed last night, I happened to see it and put it on my bed instead and slept on it all night. It was so comforting I decided to leave it there.  Being in lockdown means you never have to make your bed!!  ;o)
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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

18 thoughts on “What are the Chances?

  1. Mary Francis McNinch

    Did Kitty Reynolds make your drapes? Does Patti have any clues as to where the fabric came from? Have you and your friend done the separated by six excersize? Seriously, this could be more than a coincidence.


  2. Patti

    Those drapes were around long before Kitty moved to Murdo. Mother had them made when we moved into the house in late 1947 or early 1948. She probably had them made in Pierre. I think Kitty moved to Murdo around 1954. It is amazing to see that same fabric reappear in your life, Judy.

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    It is a small world after all and small things, even in a photo can bring back memories long ago lost to our memories. And I must say your dad had “prachtige dochters”~! That pillow will not only bring you good dreams but also great memories with your friend when she visits you.

    Being fathers day I was also impressed by the shoes your dad wore and his age when he died. Bringing me memories of my dad. He had an accident many years ago while installing a lightening rod on the tip of an old church steeple. He fell many feet, hanging by his foot on the hook of an extension ladder. This crippled him. So he wore similar shoes as your dad seemed to wear. Not quiet a boot but above the ankle, laced on the lower part then the upper part had little hooks on the part over the ankle. Also he was 76 when he died but seemed SO VERY OLD in his “upper years”. WOW how that makes me feel now when I have outlived him by many years. Do others see me an old man when I do not feel that way myself~?

    Last night I had dinner with friends down the road…..Next door neighbors. This part of the Texas Hill country (Dripping Springs – Wimberley area) is sort of a collecting place for people of art, conservation and nature, like the Lake Chapala area is for you. Many of the people in the area are liberal minded folks loving this beautiful part of Texas just outside of Austin, as you are to Guadalajara. So in both directions along my road, I have friends who love the arts, whether it be painting, writing, photography, sculpture and in many cases, music. My closest neighbor in the other direction is a well known western painter; and the son of the folks I had dinner with , Walter Krudop, actually lives in New York City, but is “taking refuge” out here during the virus problems. For years he illustrated and published children’s books based on historical or learning subjects, but in the last few years had found that a one page illustration in a children’s book was as much work, but brought too little in return, for his talent and time, so he branched out into commercial art. Too bad, I note that most of his children’s books are no longer listed on Amazon.

    I was smart enough not to give the copies I have of his books to my grandsons as they would be long gone by now~!

    I had a great time with them last night, but now I have gotten way off my subject.


  4. Glenda Roman

    Enchanting story! I love and survive on the little surprises that dart in and out of our lives, weaving a long gone “back then” (not even my own!) to what is now and us to each other. I am touched, literally. Ooo, like a little magic spell. Don’t ask how or why this changed my day but it did, big time, just in time. xog

    On Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 6:44 PM lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown wrote:

    > lifelessons posted: ” A while ago, (and also earlier today) in my blog, I > published this photo of my sisters and my dad and I in our living room. I > think I was 8 or 9 years old at the time the photo was taken. Soon after > the first time I published it, a friend here in Mexic” >

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I am so happy to influence your day. I am influenced every day by the lovely little painting you gave me for my birthday two years ago that sits on my desk and so is in my view for most of my day every day.


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