This is a personal coincidence story or maybe something much more: a message from the dead,
Thinking about it perhaps it doesn't sound such a big deal but, at the time, it affected me greatly and still intrigues today.
My son had just told us that he had qualified as a Chartered Accountant, which takes six years work here in the UK. I was, of course, chuffed to bits about this and, after talking about it with my wife, I went upstairs to our bedroom.
I wanted to get something or other out of my wardrobe and, for some reason, I was wondering what my father, now deceased, would have thought about my son's success. As I reached into the wardrobe a small bag fell out.
The bag just happened to be one in which I kept a few of my dad's possessions. Nothing of value but they all mean something to me: his old watch, cigarette case, penknife, wedding ring, darts, a tie and a few other trinkets all full of memories.
I then looked at the watch. Dad was always one for punctuality and often asked, "Do you know what time it is?" when I was a teenager either arriving home at night or getting up late in the morning. Then I noticed the time where the hands of the watch had stopped and have remained ever since.
The time on the watch was exactly the time that my son had been born (3.20pm).
Perhaps I was in an emotional state but this really hit me. It was as if it was a message from my father saying he knew all about his grandson.
Okay, this may sound very fanciful but what are the odds of the watch stopping exactly at the time of my son's birth? Plus the bag fell out of the wardrobe 'by itself'.
Anyway, that was one of the first things that got me paying attention to coincidences and synchronicity. They have fascinated me ever since.