Infants Reunited

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In 2010 having returned to my home town after 20 years I googled local 'homeopaths'. The first one was attached to my new GP surgery, although a different medical and legal entity. I chose that one. On the first appointment, after a while, the receptionist asked whether I had had a different surname 'Yes' - was it '....' 'Yes'. The practitioner entered the reception area to find his new patient and his receptionist hugging each other having not seen each other for 45 years, since about 1966. That was lovely. We were neighbours, but went to different infant/junior schools because it was more convenient for one of the families to attend a school further away. A few weeks later, having finished that day's consultation, the homeopathist said 'I think we were at the same infant school.' We compared notes and photographs and indeed we were. So, two former schoolmates within one alternative therapy practice which employs a very small number of people. And although in the same town, not in the same area where our school had been. On first thinking of telling you this I thought it would have been more of a 'coincidence' to have had all three of us at the same infant/junior school. We were after all in the catchment area for the same school. But I wonder if it is more statistically interesting to meet one friend from an infant school and one from a senior school?
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Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:35:44 +0000Coincidence ID:3702