Everyone/everything has the same name

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My immediate family has multiple examples of coincidences involving names. Examples: I have three children. My daughter is named Anna. My youngest son’s wife is named Anna. My oldest son’s first serious relationship, lasting eight years, was with a young woman named Anna. He is now married to Jana—finally a different name, but still very close. One more thing: all four of these women are attorneys. Two graduated from the same law school; two worked in the same public defender office in New Orleans. Those connections happened totally independent of the family link. Another example: our family had two dogs while my kids were growing up. We adopted both as adult dogs, and both were already named Jenny when we got them. Not a common dog’s name, btw. My former wife’s parents had a second home in a town on the New Jersey shore called Spring Lake. I now live near the beach in Delaware, in a condo community called Spring Lake. My kids grew up with summer beach vacations in Spring Lake. Now they bring their kids for beach vacations in a different Spring Lake. My youngest son and his wife Anna had the first grandchild on our side of the family. They named her Etta Rose Cavnar. Very pretty name. Two years later, my daughter Anna met and married a Will Rose. They now have a daughter named Ada Cavnar Rose. I could go on with other examples. Plus there are a couple of interesting coincidences beyond names. To mention one: I am the fourth in a family of six siblings. My former wife is the fourth of six siblings. And my current husband is the fourth of six siblings All these coincidences have piqued my interest in the theory that we actually live in a computer simulation of some kind. The programmers who set up my personal story line just decided that all family does gs would be named Jenny, all women on the next generation would be named Anna and become lawyers, and all beach homes would be named Spring Lake. When I notice another coincidence I just think—“Oh those lazy programmers!”
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Date submitted:Sat, 17 Jul 2021 17:56:38 +0000Coincidence ID:11429