Do you ever pass someone on the street, and for reasons that you can’t explain, you say hello and flash them a huge smile? Sometimes they return the smile and for a moment you think to yourself, “I bet we would be friends”. We’ve all had those moments…right? Here’s the story of one of mine.
Today Aspen and I set out on a two-part adventure, involving a walk to the beach to meet Daddy post-surf lesson, plus a pitstop at Farmers Market. It’s a typical outing and one that always triple-confirms our decision to live here. This town rocks.
But here’s what really lit the trip on fire….we had our second encounter with one of my favorite actresses, an award-winning, ass-kicking, hottie-Mom whose name I’ll withhold. Respect, yo.
I’ve always admired her for her ability to play such a bad-ass. But then again I’m a sucker for any character with a strong fist, a hoo-hah and a penchant for justice.
After I got pregnant, our paths began to cross and the woman behind the celebrity really caught my eye. I noticed her first not as a celeb, but as a regular mom who had incredible energy with her kids. Happiness exuded from them.
One day we passed each other in the Co-Op. As I looked up from my cart and caught her eye, I gasped and said “Oh, Hello!” in that falsely familiar way that you sometimes feel towards celebs. She glanced down at my pregnant belly, flashed me a huge, genuine smile and said “Hi!”. It made my day. I’ve crossed paths with a crapload of famous people since we moved here 6 years ago, and never usually think twice. But for some reason this encounter stuck with me. So you can imagine my delight, when crossing the street today I happen upon the same beautiful lady with her kids. You know I couldn’t help myself right? I mean, I’m not at a loss for words on a BAD day, so no way was I going to pass this up.
Me: “Oh wow, last time we saw each other (pointing to the stroller)… she was still in my belly!”
HER: “She’s adorable, how old?”
Me: “Almost 11 months!”
HER: “You don’t even look like you had a baby!”
We chatted for another few seconds before I scooted shyly away muttering something about “enjoy your Sunday”. She could not have been nicer, and I was pleased with myself for having the guts to stop and chat.
She may be a superstar but I suspect she’s a fantastic human as well. Why do I feel that we know each other? Do I sound stalky? Yes we share a last name, but what else? Maybe in a past life we were sisters, or trained side by side in witchcraft and cast spells that freed captives from slavery?
I do believe that people can share similar energy, that maybe their souls vibrate at the same frequency, …tapped into the same juice. It explains how occasionally you’ll meet someone at a party and after 10 minutes you feel that you’ve known them forever. Maybe you have …I certainly am not well-versed enough in the topic of past lives to attempt to dive in here. But in a general sense — there has to be something to this human connection topic.
Or maybe, she’s just darn talented at connecting with people, on- and off-screen.