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Tonight I ended up in San Antonio, Texas. This morning I started a three-day trip with a gal named Suzy who is one of our newest flight attendants. She commutes out of Phoenix, and when I found this out, I told her that I grew up in Thatcher, Arizona (about three hours southeast of Phoenix). Usually, when I tell people this, the next question is: Where is Thatcher?

Not only does Suzy know where Thatcher is, but she said she’s originally from Snowflake, Arizona (if Thatcher had a twin or sister city, it would no doubt be Snowflake). I told her that I love Snowflake and had many friends from that area. I mentioned that one of my very best friends, Marcus Ellsworth is also from there. Her eyes grew big and she told me that not only did she know Marcus, but that her family is close with his family.

We start to talk about Thatcher and she mentions that her older sister Heidi went to Eastern Arizona College (the local community college that I also attended and my dad taught at for years and years). Heidi Flake. Now my eyes grow big- Heidi Flake used to date my brother Matt. Suzy remembered Matt! Now we’re both laughing and pretty much freaking out on the jump seat.

I love when I discover one of these connections! I’ve heard people say that we’re all connected by six degrees or less, but since I left the state of Arizona, these connections have been so rare that when it happens, I almost get tears in my eyes. Are these occurrences merely happenstance or do you see the hand of God? I’ve always thought that even though I do believe in coincidence, too many things are dismissed as just that- mere coincidence. I’ve always felt like there is something that needs to be shared or learned from each and every person that we interact with in life. What do you think? Mere coincidence or divine intervention?

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