So last night I had a very strange experience. Just outside my home, I saw a coyote cross the road in front of me as I was driving. I slowed to not run it over, and when it crossed to the other side, it stopped, turned around, and looked right at me for several seconds. I'd have stayed and looked at it longer, but it was off the road and if I'd stayed much longer, I'd be holding up traffic. While we do get coyotes out here, we don't usually get them in the busier parts of town. When I do see them, it's usually out in rural areas. And by usually, I mean the only 6 or so other times I've seen one. Mostly we just get squirrels, raccoons, and opossums. The experience was awesome. I wondered if it might be a sign. Usually I take deer sightings as a good sign because I feel a connection with deer. In the back of my mind, I wondered if it could be something bad, because the coyote is a trickster afterall.
Well, today, I had something terrible happen. Without going into details that I was specifically asked not to talk about, basically the news I got today would make me a fitting side character in a Lifetime movie. A quick google search revealed that a coyote crossing a road is like the old black cat crossing the road thing, but much much worse. I didn't exactly get it from a reliable source, but obviously some people believe that it's a bad idea to be the first to drive over where a coyote has crossed the road.
So what do you think - was the coyote a coincidence or an omen?