I was browsing through Michelle W.’s WP Challenges when I came across one from August 6. (Yes, I’ve been really behind. It’s all the work and the traveling. I promise to catch up!)
Here’s what she posted on that day:
Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience.
I remember agreeing to go out on a date with someone back in December 1980. I had broken up with a boyfriend of two years a few months before that and I was starting to go out on dates again.
This particular date was with an old friend, someone I have known since ’76 and we have remained good friends, calling each other up to catch up every now and then. He had gone to Med School. I had completed my undergrad and was on my first semester of Med School too (different schools).
Why did he call me for a date? I wondered about that back then. Maybe he wasn’t doing anything that weekend and he felt like hanging out with someone he was comfortable with. Or maybe the long hours of catching up on the phone was getting lame and he wanted to catch up in person. Or maybe, I was a last minute stand in for something else that fell through. Who knows?
We had dinner at a restaurant and then we moved to a bar where the band was well-known for great jazz music. We decided to stay in the patio so we could hear each other talk. And yes, we talked the night away.
But as the evening progressed, he told me we would need to head home soon. He was studying for his exams and he needed to put in a few hours of burning the midnight oil. He was pretty disciplined about his prescribed work schedule for himself. And so he dropped me off at home just around midnight.
The next day, I received some flowers and a card. It was a thank you note from him. He said he really enjoyed the evening. That we should do it again. What stuck with me were these lines:
It could have been that we would just be two faces in a crowd. But now, things have changed, with a smile, a conversation. We’re not just faces anymore.
I was hooked!
I knew things would change from then on. All those late night calls of catching up, punctuated with witty clips, drop dead one-liners, tales of travels, and a sprinkling of sage admonishment fondly dished out, would be gone. I had often wondered why he kept in touch….
P.S. BTW, I did end up marrying him. And yes, I have kept the card.
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