Here's a curious-but-true tale. First, though, you may remember me telling you all about my father's lockup in an earlier post (here). It now seems that I was previously misinformed as to who was storing their car there, as I recently discovered that it wasn't someone in another row of terraces (as I'd been told), but the present tenant of my former house. As I understand it, he rents my father's old lockup from either his neighbour or the current owner of my family's old abode, so I'll have to double-check what the situation actually is - purely to satisfy my own curiosity as I hate being bewildered.
However, forget all that - it's not really what this post is about. No, it's about the 7 of spades. Eh? Well, you see, while along in my former neighbourhood a few weeks back, quite by chance I got to talking to the guy who now lives in my old house, without knowing he lived there until he chanced to mention it. Naturally I was astounded by the coincidence. I happened to mention that I harboured the suspicion that my brother may have left something in a space under the boards of one of the cupboards in what used to be my parents' room, and the guy said he'd take a look. Anyway, he did, and though he didn't find what I was hoping for, he did find something.
And that something was the 7 of spades playing card you see in the above pic. I can't say with absolute certainty whether my brother left it there, or one of the subsequent tenants after we flitted, but I prefer to think it comes from my family's time in the house (or maybe even before). What I find significant, however, is that the house number is 77, and the face of the playing card sports a 7 in two corners - which is 77 if you have an imagination like mine. Now, you may consider such things inconsequential, but little things like that make a great impression on me.
So that's me got one more souvenir of a childhood home I was happy in for nearly 7 years. In fact, we moved out on the 14th day (which the more astute of you will immediately spot is two 7s.) of the 7th month of the 7th year, so the playing card continues the tradition of 7s connected to my former residence.
Anyone else find that interesting, or am I on my own (again)?
Since first publishing this post, I've been unable to shake the feeling that this card is familiar to me. I now seem to have a vague memory of seeing it in the space under the cupboard boards when I lived in the house all those years ago. Memory or imagination? What do you think?