Monday, August 27, 2012


I am fascinated by connections
by seeming coincidences
by intricate design
and serendipity

You pass a window and see
two silhouetted figures

You don't know that they grew up in
the house you now live in

You watch a young girl climb a tower
and admire her dexterity

You don't know that she is the daughter
of the woman who will be your boss

In a diner you see four men on stools

You don't know that
one was  your high school math teacher
who advised you to hang out with
a better crowd

You see boats bobbing in a harbor

You don't know that one of them
belongs to the boy (or girl)
you had a crush on in third grade

You stop and photograph a jewel box of a house

You don't know that the owner is
the grandson of a famous painter
and that one day
he will marry your granddaughter

As the narrator of The Great Unexpected asks:

"Did a delicate cobweb link us all, 
silky lines trailing through the air?"



  1. Just stumbled upon your blog (I guess Twitter has some good points) and am so thankful. Beautiful post. Walk Two Moons is one of my favorite books and now I'm happy to see the story behind your latest. Thanks!
    Jody Casella

  2. The answer would be yes. How did you ever find my Journal? I grew up across the lake...linked.

  3. I've heard it said we're all connected by 6 degrees or less...I find the thought fascinating too.

  4. I believe so, Sharon. My colleague just finished the book and commented on a story in which the man in the moon is linked to us by a thread. I'll find the title and share it with you. I love your coincidences and photographs.

  5. Oh, I LOVE this post! so true, and so poetic at the same time..

  6. Love. Love Love. That Creech Tapestry

  7. Good grief! This post might drive me crazy thinking ALL the long weekend. Totally unexpected. Thanks, pal. hahahahahaha

  8. Hey Sharon Creech! I am C.J. Wadrop, I am in the 6th grade at the Charles Towne Center in Greenville, SC, and I am writing a book review on your book, "Absolutely Normal Chaos." I need to include an author bio paragraph, and I was wondering if there was anything interesting about your childhood/life that may have influenced your life or inspired your book. You can contact me at Thank you so much!
    P.S. If you are interested in recieving a copy of my review, please let me know.
    P.P.S. I like your post! I now know that I am not the only one that feels like it's a small world...

    1. You can find that info on my website

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