Friday, July 27, 2012

Real Life, Freaky-deaky Twilight Zone Moment

Greetings!  I've recently experienced perhaps the most bizarre coincidence/synchronicity/serendipitous event of my life.  It was too good not to share so here it goes:

First, a pertinent update for those who might not know.  Since March of this year, I've been working at Conner Prairie, a living history museum.  My job at Conner Prairie is to play the role of a citizen of Prairie Town, a historically based town set in 1836.  My favorite role to play is the potter.  The ceramic skills I acquired from college helped me land this ridiculously fun job.  Here's me working in costume in the pottery shop.

And now a flash back:
When I was 12 years old, my family and I moved out of the house that I'd grown up in.  Before leaving, I made a time capsule.  I filled an empty peanut butter jar full of things I thought might be of interest in 100+ years when the capsule might be found.  This included an introductory note, five photos, and a smattering of other items.  

Well, the family who moved into that house eventually found the time capsule and returned it to me recently on July 25th, 2012.  Upon opening the capsule, I found the note.  It was dated July 29th, 1997 - almost 15 years ago to the DAY.  

Digging further inside the jar, I found the photos.  Three were of no great significance: a photo of my cat, a chameleon in a tree, and a group photo taken so far away that my classmates faces are indistinguishable.  And then I saw the fourth photo:

In this photo, my friends and I are on a field Conner Prairie.  We're sitting on the porch of the Golden Eagle Inn.  This had to be in the fall of 1994 or spring of 1995.  We were in fourth grade.

Que the Twilight Zone theme now.  Here's the 5th photo.

It's me making pottery.  I still get chills when I see these photos.  My Dad is a photographer.  Out of the THOUSANDS of photos I could have put inside this time capsule, I put in these.  I was so excited that the next day at work, I showed many of my co-workers.  One of them, Shelia, took my photo on the same spot - the porch on the Golden Eagle Inn - to complete the circle.

I hope you've enjoyed this real-life Twilight Zone episode as much as I have.  I'll be posting about the hilarious contents of the time capsule here.  Thanks for reading!  



  1. This is an awesome story! Even though it was 15 years ago, I remember that day very well. We were such great friends! And look at how it's all come full circle. Sarah Richcreek-Conner Prairie Potter

  2. That's awesome! color me a little jealous of your awesome potter job! way to live the dream:)