Letters of Life

A Coincidence of Cosmic Proportions

Part of an art installation by Hilton McConnico for the Hermès The Gift of Time exhibit, Singapore 2012.

Part of an art installation by Hilton McConnico for the Hermès The Gift of Time exhibit, Singapore 2012.

What’s the likelihood of a shootin’ star falling down to earth the same day an asteroid sideswipes Earth?

Tell me, did you fall for a shootin’ star

One without a permanent scar

And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself

out there?

Some etymology: The root word meteor comes from the Greek meteōros, meaning “suspended in the air” and is, quite literally, a ball of stardust (of varying sizes XL, L, M, S, XS).

On the other hand, an asteroid is a star-shaped baby planet. Asteroids (from the Greek ἀστεροειδής asteroeidēs meaning star-like) have orbits, circling around the sun much like Earth does. [Though once an asteroid falls from the constellations, its appellation changes to meteor, and finally, on hitting earth, to meteorite.

Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet
Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back to the milky way
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind
Was it everything you wanted to find
And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there?

Train, from their Grammy-winning song Drops of Jupiter (2001)

Coincidences come in ones, sometimes in pairs, sometimes, if you’re lucky, in threes. It takes a certain kind of perspective to see things that way; not every coincidence is welcome, some can be downright awkward. It takes a mind with a moving orbit to see such things as perhaps divinely appointed.

And always, it appears there’s a song for everything.

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