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8-18 Media: Serendipitous moments

Have you ever had a moment in your life where you saw something or someone you did not expect to see? Then you have experienced serendipity. Serendipity is luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for.

A few years ago, I walked into Babycakes Muffin Co. (Marquette, Michigan’s local bakery), and sitting there at the table was Kim Plotnick, the lady who hosted me and three other members of 8-18 Media, and two chaperones on our trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to cover the 2016 Democratic National Convention. I immediately recognized her, and we started talking as my mom stood there with a look of confusion on her face because she did not know her. Kim then introduced herself as the host from my trip to the DNC 2016 Convention, and my mom started talking about how cool it was that we ran into her. We were having so much fun that we sat there for almost half an hour. We sat there and chatted, telling each other about our lives and what had happened since that day we left their home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to go back to Marquette. We recalled some of the moments spent in Philadelphia.

This memory was brought to me again, four years later, because if Covid-19 had not struck us like a bolt of lightning, I would have gone to both of 2020’s National Conventions! This was my last chance to go, and well it makes me sad that I can’t attend, but it also puts a smile on my face as I recall some of the wonderful memories, and view how much I have grown as a person because of it since then.

When we were in Philadelphia, Kim made me feel welcome, and she did lots of helpful/fun things for the team and me. She drove us to wherever we needed to be, even if the weather was horrible. She even took us to Atlantic City. She cooked for us, and made the trip feel like a visit to my other home. I will never forget all the things she did for me and the rest of my DNC partners. Kim and her family were the biggest reason I wanted to do it again in 2020, so I could experience another trip and see new things. But of course, no one can pull off better hospitality than the Plotnicks!

The moment I ran into her felt very Serendipitous. Serendipity doesn’t happen that often so whenever it happens, it always makes me feel really lucky and appreciative, and ends up being the highlight of my day. It was the first time anything Serendipitous had ever happened to me, and I loved it because it’s one of the biggest surprises’ life can give you! I hope something like that happens again soon, because we all know we could use a bit of that this year…but who knows? The secrets of serendipity have never been awakened. Who will be the first to discover the secrets behind when, where, and how one of life’s greatest mysteries happens?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Anja McBride is a sophomore this year and loves to read and play tennis.

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