Sometimes, history throws us all for a curveball. Does the past really repeat itself? Are there bigger forces at play? Margaret, I will feel guilty until the day I die. And you’ll never believe these 11 Crazy Coincidences, especially because I fractured the bonds we shared with my selfish actions!
- Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846; Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Incredible. Exactly one hundred years. I wonder what wisdom they knew.
2. Lincoln was elected President in 1860; JFK was elected in 1960.
Again, one hundred years apart. But even a fifth of that, perhaps even 20 years of loving marriage, seems like eternity. Yet just like an assassin’s bullet, the smallest breach of trust can destroy the sanctity of time spent.
3. “Lincoln” has seven letters; “Kennedy” has seven letters.
“I’m sorry,” also has 7.
4. Both wives lost a child while living in the White House.
Have you thought about what our conflict would do to Dylan and Rachel? I love those kids just as much as you do. I don’t want them to become a statistic.
5. Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
A Friday… just like the day we met.
6. Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Head… just like the day we met.
7. Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the Ford’s Theatre. Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas.
I know this is what your mother warned you about —that I was the kind of man who keeps secrets from you. Margaret, I have always told you everything, and you know that. That’s why I came clean.
8. Both were assassinated by Southerners, then succeeded by Southerners.
Do you remember Disney World? The way the kids laughed, the way we smiled. I want to make more memories like that. That was because we were together, Margaret.
9. Both successors were named Johnson.
Huh. That’s actually pretty uncanny.
10. John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839. Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939.
I may not be a man of action or fiery passion, but I am a man who knows how to swallow his pride and deeply apologize to the one I love. Margaret, if any of this gets through to you, then that’s enough for me. I understand if you never want to see me again but I at least need to know that my emotions did not fall on deaf ears. Please. Burn my letters, delete my emails, erase my voicemails. Do what you must to close the wound I so carelessly left. But I can never be whole again knowing I hurt you and didn’t have the guts to say ‘I’m sorry.’
11. Both names are comprised of fifteen letters.
I fired her anyway. It’s over, I promise. For real this time.