I heard from the Dementor yesterday.
And here's the weird thing. I was wearing my emergency shoes - the ones I'd bought for a date with him ages ago.
I haven't worn them since last year, because it's just now getting warm. And so I thought of him, purely because I connect him with these shoes.
In fact, Steve had just complimented my outfit, and I'd just gotten done saying, "You vetted this shoe choice! These are the emergency shoes I bought for that date!" (And yes, he knew what date I was talking about. And he is a man who thinks about shoes.)
And then the email arrived.
Totally innocuous - he's in DC and can't come to town without thinking of me. How am I? Still engaged? Or married already? He hopes I'm well.
It's not that the content of the email was meaningful, but the timing was bizarre. I had been thinking about him, had literally just been talking about him.
Do you ever think of someone and then hear from them? Or call or email a friend, who immediately says they were just thinking of you, or just about to call you?
I feel like these kinds of things happen too often to be utterly random.
Nick, on the other hand, thinks these are pure and utter coincidence. You think about people regularly, but the times that it coincides with them contacting you stand out in your mind.
So I've probably thought about him a number of times - when passing a restaurant we went to, or something along those lines. But this time seems remarkable because he contacted me right afterwards. It's coincidence, nothing more.
I'm not so sure.