Friday, 9 October 2015

Relative encounter

After I left college this evening, I walked to the Victoria Centre as part of a short walk before taking the bus back home. Just before I left the vicinity of the Victoria Centre, I noticed a friend and his daughter about to cross the road over to where I was located; I moved to the left in order to greet my friend but in doing so, I looked over my shoulder to notice an extremely familiar man leave the centre.

It was my uncle! I thought he was on his own but then he moved again and I saw my aunt materialise from around his side. It delighted me to see them and so I went over to talk to them for a few minutes; they were equally surprised and pleased to see me. While we chatted, I noticed that my friend had not seen me and was walking in another direction (I knew he hadn't ignored me - the crowd blocked his view).

Randomly bumping into family members is not something that had occurred to me prior to today, to my knowledge, mainly because of all that time I spent in the United States, away from relatives. I am unsure about random encounters during my initial five years here, though, for I was too young to remember.


  1. This story reminds me of a dream I had. My uncle passed away a few years ago from an overdose. I had a dream where we were all having a family gathering and he walked into the room. I was really happy to see him and he walked in like nobody would care that he didn't have to explain himself. When I woke up it made me realized that I did miss him a lot even though we weren't that close.

    1. Thank you for sharing this, Adam; it takes courage to do so publicly.

  2. That's so fun! I love running into friends and family randomly!!