A woman has revealed her shock after she spotted her mother-in-law sitting next to her in an old photo – taken a year before she met her husband.
Jeni Lawson, 31, from Comanche, Oklahoma, rediscovered a photo she had taken of her son, Brayden, then five, at a monster truck show in 2018.
She was shocked to see her now mother-in-law, Marilyn Lawson, 51, sat right next to them.
Mother-of-three Jeni met her now-husband, Cameron Lawson, 31, in 2019.
Jeni Lawson, 31, from Comanche, Oklahoma, rediscovered a photo she had taken of her son, Brayden, then five, at a monster truck show in 2018. Her mother-in-law Marilyn Lawson, 51, was sat next to the child, but the women had not met yet, and Jeni only met her husband Cameron a year later
Neither Jeni or her mother-in-law recognized each other when they first met.
It was only recently, when they came across the snap, they realized they had met before – and even had a full conversation at the show.
Whilst she was there with her eldest son from a previous relationship, Jenni snapped a photo – unwittingly capturing her future mother-in-law in the seat beside him.
The photo was forgotten, until it popped up as a Facebook memory in late 2020 and Jeni was shocked to see her husband’s mother there.
Jeni met Cameron in 2019, and eventually met his mother. She was shocked when the picture she unknowingly took of Marilyn in 2018 resurfaced in late 2020
Jeni, a stay-at-home mother, said: ‘I was living in Cache, Oklahoma, and took my son to a monster truck show about 45 minutes away in Duncan, Oklahoma.
‘My son was five at the time, and we were quite late so there were tons of people there and all the seats were already filled.
‘There was one tight spot and the woman sitting there, who is now my mother-in-law, was with a child who is actually my husband’s sister’s son.
‘She waved us over and was like ‘sit here and I’ll sit him on my lap’. We did talk a bit, neither of us can remember what about exactly.
The mother-of-three said she feels fate brought her and Cameron together, and that it was no coincidence his mother was sat next to her at the show in 2018
‘I remember her grandson dropping his toy monster truck and I picked it up – it was just small talk really, it was packed in there and really loud.
‘I took some pictures of my son and fast forward to 2020, it popped up on my memories, so I shared it and then saw that the lady in the background was my mother-in-law.’
Jeni went on to meet Marilyn’s son, Cameron, an oil field worker, a year later in 2019, and the couple have since married and had two daughters together, Carter, two, and Kynnedi, one.
Neither Jeni or her mother-in-law recognized each other when they met under different circumstances, but both remember being at the show.
Jeni said: ‘I sent the photo to my mother-in-law and and she was like: “That was us.”
‘She was a complete stranger to me when I met her as Cameron’s mother though.
‘I definitely think it’s fate. I know they say small town, small world, but I think it’s meant to be.’