Could every event that occurred in just one short week have been by coincidence, an act of fate, just pure luck or something else? I will let you be the judge.
The events unfolded thus:
One recent Sunday, I decided to stop at Publix for some quick food shopping on my way home from the gym and just happened upon a friend who told me that there was a very rare lobster in the lobster tank in the seafood department. I went to see for myself despite the fact that being vegan I don’t like to see live lobsters in a tank to be sold as food. The seafood department manager just happened to be standing there and told me that he had researched about “her” (he said she was female) and she is one in 30 million rare. I took a picture of her and posted it on Facebook asking if anyone knew where I might find her a home.
Heather Chalmers (who I had only met twice before) just happened to be on Facebook at the time and responded that she would like to help. She went directly to Publix and discussed details of the rare golden-yellow lobster I had seen with the seafood department manager. (And by the way, Heather and I just happen to both be writers.)
Amazingly by the next day, Heather and I had spoken several times and had begun to put a plan together to rescue the beautiful yellow lobster from becoming someone’s dinner and to get her to a cold water tank, which we had learned she needed to survive.
While Heather prepared a fish tank, she just happened to have, and filled it with ocean water from our awesome Flagler Beach, I kept up with our many friends on Facebook who responded with suggestions of who may be willing to take her. I emailed, called, and messaged at least 30 facilities in the State of Florida, including SeaWorld, MarineLand, and The Florida Aquarium. Although people were very kind and wanted to help, no place in Florida had cold water tanks.
Heather it turned out just happened to be the perfectly right person for the job of helping me liberate the rare lobster. Her love of all living things is equal to mine and her ability to do what ever it takes bolstered my own. Without saying it to each other, we both seemed to be saying the same thing, “We can do this!”
And in the meantime (and we’re only 2 full days into this), A friend contacted The Palm Coast Observer (our local newspaper) who wanted to do the story. I had contacted ABC News 13 in Orlando thinking that news about this would help me find a home for our now named lobster, Libbie (short for liberation). “The human interest” story as the press called it, went viral after Heather, her daughter, Ava and I were filmed and interviewed with Libbie for TV.
A friend, Nadine King, of Christmas Come True , who lives in my town of Flagler Beach, just happened to be in Maine at that time. She just happened to know a man named Mark Murrell, owner of GetMaineLobster.com and sent me his email address thinking he may be of some assistance. I emailed him and he was eager to help. And by the way, the busy man he is, just happened to receive my email right away and responded with an immediate phone call.
Day three, Heather and I bought Libbie from Publix and placed her in the fish tank in Heather’s kitchen surrounded with bags of ice and frozen water bottles inside to keep the seawater cold, a temperature gauge, water filter, aerator, and plenty of scallops for her to eat.
Soon I was spending every waking moment answering email requests from news stations, including CNN, Huffington Post, and ABC News, New York to use our pictures of Libbie in their articles, and contacting science centers and aquariums outside the state for a home for Libbie.
Heather diligently cared for Libbie in her kitchen meanwhile, checking the temperature, water level and Libbie’s overall condition, as well as making several trips to the store for more ice and to the ocean for more seawater.
As if things weren’t happening fast at that point, they began to move at jet speed. I found The Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire, whose Aquarist, Rob Royer just “happened” to receive my email and responded that he would love to have her. I gave Mark Murrell, Nadine King and Rob Royer each other’s contact information. Mark sent me instructions on how tho pack Libbie for shipping, where to take her and provided the tracking label for her overnight flight to New Hampshire.
All the pieces were fitting together and everyone just happened to be in the right place at the right time to make it happen quickly. If Heather and I had even a moment to stop to see it all, we would have been amazed by the unmistakable synchronicity of it all.
Oh and there is more to this incredible story, much more! See what happens next!
What do you think so far? Is it coincidence, fate, chance, or something else?