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Just Jot It January 28th – Serendipity


This isn’t the first time I’ve written about serendipity on this blog. The last time was just a little more than two years ago. I talked about how I met my children’s father; it was a serendipitous occasion.

However, something happened more recently that makes me think it’s possible for serendipity to work in reverse. Allow me to tell you a story.

Once upon a time there was a girl who was walking alone around Tokyo, browsing through the open air market on a crisp but sunny November day in 2015 when she came across a man selling silver jewelry. This girl loved silver jewelry, in fact she was wearing four rings upon her fingers, all of them in silver.

As she perused the gentleman’s wares, she came across a ring that was identical to one of those she was wearing. Unable to contain her excitement at the chances of this happening, she pointed to the ring on the stand and then to the ring on her finger, to share with the man this unbelievable find. What she didn’t have the vocabulary in Japanese to say was that she had bought the ring she was wearing eleven years ago… in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada!

Extraordinary, wouldn’t you say?

Fast forward to Sunday, January 24th, 2016, the very same girl was out taking pictures when she accidentally took a picture of her ring with her cell phone.


How silly, she thought, and she considered deleting the picture but for some reason she didn’t. And now the girl is glad, for she had no way of knowing she would lose that very same ring the next day. No more than she could have known she should have bought its duplicate when she found it in Tokyo.

Because as it turns out, she found her ring in the most unlikely place in the world, two months before she lost it.

The “Serendipity” prompt is brought to you by Jan at JT Twissel. If you don’t already know her, please head on over and have a read!

JJJ 2016

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

37 thoughts on “Just Jot It January 28th – Serendipity

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  6. I never thought serendipity could be sad! I hope it reverses again and you find the ring!


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  11. That ring is so unique. I hope you find it, or even another just like it 🙂 It is odd how it happened in seeing one for sale in Tokyo.


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  14. Oh, what a shame you lost your ring. It is so unusual, I can’t believe you saw its twin in Tokyo! I do hope you find it soon 🙂


  15. So sorry to hear. Looks like a lovely ring. I actually wrote the a serendipity blog a few days ago – I got my dates confused.


  16. What a neat and fascinating story, but sad story. Looks like you’ll be heading back to Tokyo.


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  20. Awww…So sorry you lost that! It’s very pretty! “Serendipity in reverse” – what a sad concept 😦 great post, though!


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  23. Interesting!
    I have this carafe that was my grandmother’s. It’s not a big deal or anything, I think it’s Home Interior, but I’d always loved it (it has tulips on it.) I found another one in a secondhand shop once, and had to buy it. I think The Mister thought I was nuts, but I couldn’t resist. I’d never seen another before and I’ve never seen another since. This story reinforces my purchase, lol! You should totally make that ring hunt a thing you do in Tokyo 🙂


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  25. Awww! Such a good use of serendipity in reverse, yet also a sad story! So sorry.


  26. It’s settled then. You just have to do a return trip to Tokyo and buy the twin. 🙂

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  27. How fortuitous if we could find things before we loose them. Maybe a good 3rd will be finding it again in the future?

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  29. Awesome story! I especially like that you referred to it as serendipity in reverse. Original~

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  30. Oh! Sorry you lost your ring! Shame you didn’t buy another but how were you to know. Hugs!!


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