What do Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, and She-Hulk all have in common?
It’s the holiday season, so my family is doing the holiday thing by enjoying the warm California sunshine (as opposed to basking in Connecticut’s 26 degrees). More importantly, The Cherub is with us once again. I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful it feels to be able to hug her once more!
Never mind. You’re a mom. You know what I mean.
But, this post isn’t about my Darling Daughter, or about how fabulous she is (objectively speaking, of course). This post is about the synchronicity in my world. This post is about how Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, and She-Hulk aligned in my life yesterday.
Part 1: Christmas Season at the Disney Lot
We began the day with a touristy Christmas holiday visit to the Disney lot. As we walked around, I fully embraced my role as a picture-taking sightseer. In the process, we were able to get a lovely lady to take a family shot of us at Mickey Mouse Lane on Pluto’s Corner, next to some enormous red tree ornaments. (They must go on the Redwood Trees.)
Part 2: Beauty and the Beast
Several hours later, we were nestled back home in our comfy sweatpants,
watching Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration. Imagine my surprise when, in the middle of their charming rendition of the first song, Belle, Live-Action Belle walked by the same spot where we had taken our photo!
Part 3: She-Hulk
Later that evening, I was looking for something short to watch before bed, and remembered that I had one more episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law left. After a quick break to replenish the munchies (Don’t judge. I’m on vacation.), I settled back to enjoy a quick visit to the Marvel Universe. Imagine my surprise when She-Hulk purposefully strode right past the sight of our earlier Christmas photo op!
Coincidence? I think not. That’s synchronicity in my world. After all, that’s 3 Mickey Mouse Lane sightings, with 2 different shows and genres, and on 1 day!
Don’t you just love it when everything aligns? I sure do.
Coincidence or Synchronicity?
Coincidence and synchronicity abound in my life, but mostly because I notice them. However, I’m picky about what qualifies as synchronicity. For me, synchronized events are coincidences that come in threes (or more), like in my previous example.
To me, a coincidence is a one-off, like the fact that both The Cherub and She-Hulk are attorneys, or that Belle, She-Hulk and The Cherub all have issues with the dating scene. Those are merely common occurrences.
Even two related incidents don’t rate as synchronicity. For example, the day before as we walked in the hills, The Cherub pointed out the Hollywood sign. Later, we walked along Hollywood Boulevard near Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (I’m such a tourist). That evening, we all snuggled together to watch The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, and wouldn’t you know it, it had scenes that included both the Hollywood sign and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. But, that’s only a two-for. Now, if I had run into Kevin Bacon, THAT would have been synchronicity at its best!
Wait a minute… While I’m writing this, I opened The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special to make sure I got my facts straight. It’s muted so as to not disturb the family. But, check this out.
I just pulled up the scene where Mantis and Drax go into a dance club. Soooo, I’m watching the club dancers with no sound, but they happen to be moving in time to the music My Honey is playing in the other room. How cool is that?
Is this another weird one-off coincidence? Or, do (1) the Hollywood sign, (2) the wax museum, and (3) the coordinated dancing/music all have something in common, like synchronizing The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and my life?
Hmmm. Coincidence? Or, synchronicity? You decide.
Conversations with Kids
How would you like a great Conversation Starter to use with your kids?
Pick a movie you all enjoy. Rewatch it together, this time looking for:
- similarities between family characters and movie characters
- speech patterns. stress strategies
- clothing choices
- personal habits
- personality traits
The possibilities are endless! That should get the conversation flowing!
You got this, Mommy!
Have fun with your kids today!
PS You can also find a lot more parenting strategies in my book How To Keep Your Daughter From Slamming the Door, plus tons of novel activity ideas you can try with your kids. Have fun parenting!
About the Author
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