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Do You Believe in Signs?

Fools Rush In, the 1997 romantic comedy starring Selma Hayek and Matthew Perry, is a story about opposites attracting and finding true love in spite of all their differences. The heroine’s belief in signs plays a pivotal role in bringing the two lovers together for their happily-ever-after.

I like that because I believe in signs too.

Jolyse Barnett PhotographyOn our recent Key West getaway to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary, my honey and I arrived at our favorite B&B to learn I had an offer of contract for my romantic suspense novel. That story is set in Key West.

Sign Number One.

We went into full celebration mode, biking, swimming, fishing, and dining at five-star restaurants. On the last night, we embarked on the Jolly Rover II, an eighty-foot tall ship known as a schooner–built in the same style as turn-of-the-century pirate ships. The friendly crew taught us the history of the ship as we soaked in the view.

Key West Harbor
Key West Harbor

Jolyse Barnett Photography

Key West Evening

As if all these wonderful experiences weren’t enough, a small yacht motored past our pirate ship just before sunset. On board appeared to be none other than Howard Livingston crooning his song,”Living on Key West Time.” (Judge for yourself by comparing to his official photos on Mile Marker 24’s website.)

Sign Number Two.

Howie Livingston?
Howie Livingston? I’d say yes.
The Cherry on Top of a Perfect Sail
The Cherry on Top
Mallory Square
Mallory Square

We were thrilled. You see, not only did we know and love the song, but I’d created a YouTube video for this blog  using it a few years ago. We listened as we sipped our favorite wine and enjoyed one more sunset before returning to our Long Island home. By the way, if you like your signs in sets of three, this story won’t disappoint. The current title of my novel happens to be One More Sunset.

Some say there is no such thing as coincidence, while others say signs are only a person’s wishful thinking, attaching meaning to a random event. What do you think?

A Bonus:

I hate cold weather, but these photos of frozen bubbles are utterly breathtaking.


6 comments on “Do You Believe in Signs?

  1. The signs are that a really nice person had a nice break and a change of luck too. Many congratulations on the offer of contract.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  2. Wow! Your photos are beautiful, Jolyse! I’ve always been a believer in signs. I’ve never seen “Fool Rush In” but “Sleepless in Seattle” had many references to signs. I hope all is well and your hubby is doing well! It’s freezing down here in Charlotte. I can’t wait for spring. Have a great weekend. xo

    1. Yes, I remember the reference to signs in Sleepless. One of my old favorite rom-coms. We are doing well, just crazy busy like everyone else, and dealing with this frigid weather. We haven’t had this much snow in a long time. I’m ready to return to the Keys ASAP. Stay warm and enjoy your weekend, too. 🙂

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