The last two times I turned on the TV, something oddly coincidental happened. Odd, because they were unexpected and unusual events, and coincidental, because they happened while I was watching a show that directly reflected, or foreshadowed, the incident. Let me explain.
The first coincidence happened yesterday while hangin' with my two teens and a friend who brought over her collection of Alfred Hitchcock. We adults decided it was time to introduce the girls to this classic, suspenseful director. Rather than start with his widely known film, "Psycho," we decided to ease into the genre with "The Birds."
About half way through the feature, there was a knock at my front door. It was a late matinee so it was still daylight. I opened the door to my neighbor, who asked, "Are you missing a white parakeet?"
"Can I borrow your wheelbarrow?" is really the question I would have expected.
Or "Can I have my power sprayer back?"
But never, "Are you missing a white parakeet?"
So we paused the movie, with its murderous, pecking flocks of seagulls and crows, in order for me to investigate my neighbor's parakeet find, sitting atop his roof. It was pretty-- white with blue breast -- but it wasn't going to be caught. It flew to a nearby tree, looking down on us with suspicion and curiosity (Yes, truly! I have been a parakeet owner for eight years, I know their looks!)
I shared with our neighbor the irony of watching "Birds" at that moment.
It was kinda creepy, actually.
Fast forward to this morning. I had the luxury of few hours to myself. This was ME time! But I chose to do something real exciting like cleaning and picking up the weekend debris. So I treated myself to a little TV time while I worked; you know, to instill some entertaining drivel into my dreary chores.
I turned on "Let's Make a Deal," the show where Wayne Brady tells a lucky contestant he can have what is in The Box....or behind Curtain Number 1!
While washing the dishes and watching the negotiations for the cash-in-hand or the envelope marked "Volcano," I got a phone call.
It was from my current employer.
Telling me my past position was no longer available.
Telling me I could take this other job she proceeded to describe.
Or I could turn it down.
And take all the risks associated with turning down the only job offer I have.
The cash in hand.
Or the curtain.
That is my choice.
That is irony.
So while I believe that TV reflects life, I have to look at these back-to-back, coincidental "life-reflecting-TV" moments as anomalies. And I will be praying that it will become clear which curtain to choose.
But at the risk of sounding superstitious, I will be really careful of the TV program I choose to watch next.