I've written before on my blog about uncanny coincidences, those random events close in time that are so aptly connected that they seem to be providential. The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung wrote a book about them. He called them synchronicities. They were, in his words, "temporally connected occurrences of acausal events."
Jung thought they were proof of a universal dynamic and were integral to all of human experience: social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual.
So I imagine at one time or another, we all have uttered words to the effect, "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle. Can you believe what just happened?"
Well, Sunday a few synchronicities happened to me.
We were at the movies, watching Woody Allen's charming whimsical comedy "Magic in the Moonlight". When early into the story, the painful condition called 'sciatica' is mentioned. The day before at a family birthday party we attended, we learned that my sister, Marilynne, couldn't make it.. She had 'sciatica'.
The movie's first scene involves the magician Stanley Crawford performing in Berlin under his stage persona Wei Ling Soo. One of his tricks was making an elephant disappear.
When the movie ended, we sat watching the credits as the few and far between patrons departed; on the screen appeared the name of the forementioned pachyderm. "Baby Bauer".
I looked at my wife and mother-in-law. And we all had a good chuckle. Bauer is my wife's maiden name.