Have you ever lived with someone so long that you sort of started reading each others’ minds? When Tess and Jessica and I were roommates, we developed the “psychic roommate vibe” which enabled us to finish each others’ sentences with unnatural frequency.
It also made us pretty dang good at Pictionary.
Now that I’ve lived with Kevin for over a year, I’m beginning to notice a similar psychic tendency developing between us. Unfortunately, it’s not just simple cutesy stuff like finishing each others’ sentences – I’m pretty sure we are actually reading each others’ minds.
Months ago, Kevin randomly sang a few lines of a song: “I put my hand upon yo hip, when I dip, you dip, we dip!”
I had never heard that before, but it sounded like the kind of hip-hop music that Kevin doesn’t normally listen to. I stared at him. “What was that?”
“I’m sorry, oh jeez, it’s a terrible song. I don’t even know who does it. They must have used it in a commercial or something because it’s stuck in my head.”
Months passed. We never spoke of that song again. Then, a couple nights ago…
“Arg, I have that ‘I dip you dip we dip’ song stuck in my head.”
Kevin just stared in shock.
“I know, you said it’s a dumb song, but I only know those two lines you sang that one time – ”
“No, it’s not that – it’s stuck in my head too.”
Cue freaked-out stares.
We decided something we’d heard on TV had used a similar rhythm, or mentioned “dipping,” or something, because the only other explanation would be that we’re psychic, and that would just be weird.
The really scary thing is that it’s happening more and more often. I decided to make an Excel spreadsheet to better keep track of my spending, only to have Kevin tell me he’d started his own the day before. Sometimes Kevin will text to ask if he should start dinner or laundry after I’d been planning to remind him about it all day. We will suddenly magically agree on a wedding planning piece that had previously been an apparently insurmountable obstacle. There have been other incidents – lots of them, nowadays – but I can’t remember any more specifics.
What’s your explanation for this? Has it happened to you?