Friday, October 28, 2016


Happenstance is a circumstance especially that is due to chance according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. It's something that happens all the time, but people are sometimes so busy, they don't recognize it.

Today, Jilda put a package in the mailbox. It was a sweater that she'd ordered from one of the shopping networks. The sweater didn't fit, so she decided to return it.

As we made the final lap of our walk this morning, I saw that the flag was down on the mailbox which meant the mail lady ran will we were behind the barn. There were bills in there, and magazine in there, but I noticed she hadn't picked up the package. "Wonder  how she missed that?" Jilda pondered.

I pulled the package out so that we could mail it when we drove into town to buy steaks for dinner tonight.  I went into the post office drive-through to poke the package in, but it wouldn't fit into the slot. Backing the car into a parking space, I took the package inside so the post office folks could mail it.

When the postal lady looked at the package, she said,  "This doesn't have postage on it." She turned it toward me and all that was on there was a return label. Had I been able to squeeze the package into the outside receptacle, it would have gone to Birmingham and I'm not sure if it would have been discarded, returned, or what. At any rate, I took it back outside so that Jilda can locate the label and mail the sweater back. It not fitting into the outside receptacle was happenstance.

On another note, sometimes I take pictures that are quirks. Most of them I trash, but sometimes I see one and think what a beautiful happenstance.

Do you experience happenstance? I'd be curious to hear bout yours.

Also, my blog buddy Stephen is trying to expand his blog followers. He is a remarkable artist and he's giving away a beautiful painting as part of his promotion.  If you do not follow the Cubby Chatterbox, please consider giving his blog a read. You'll be glad you did.
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  1. That's interesting about the postage. A lot of those companies now have labels that include postage so they can offer free returns. My life is one happenstance after another.


    1. Anonymous1:32 PM

      Everybody's life is--or SHOULD be!!

  2. I think I'm to busy to notice.

    Who am I kidding not busy, maybe too oblivious.

  3. Happenstance and serendipity are always a gift.
    Off to visit your friend now.

  4. Happenstance is a constant companion. As you said we only need to notice it.

  5. Things happen like that all the time lately. I'm a believer that everything happens for a reason...your picture is beautiful. I love the autumn color!

  6. As an artist, I can easily appreciate happenstance, happy little accidents.

  7. Hmmm interesting. I learned a new word and plan to be a little more obeservant on a happenstance experience.

  8. I do follow Stephen's blog and he is a great artist. I love the picture you made here and I think this happenstance er...happens to all of us....just can't think of one right now.

  9. I do not think one can explain happens in a beautifully random way...


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