Chance encounters…Posted: August 5, 2012
Driving to the store with one of my children (grown and visiting), I drove slightly out of the way so that I could point out a home with a gorgeous front garden. I had walked by the house and garden the week before while on one of my jaunts, and the owner happened to be outside working in the garden. She was very friendly and stopped to chat. She pointed out some of the more unusual plantings while I admired the beautiful blooms.
We ended up talking about gardening, travels, and home renovation for quite awhile (I wasn’t keeping track of the time). She kindly offered and enthusiastically showed me her side garden and backyard. They were lush and colourful and enveloping; I felt as though I walked amidst a tropical paradise.
When I walked back down her driveway, a man was walking up it.
“Well hello!” he said. “So we meet again!”
Then he turned to his wife and explained that while he was out walking, so was I, and we had said hello and good-day as we passed one another. The three of us talked for a few minutes more before I set off on my way with visions of gardens dancing in my head.
So, on the way to the store, I was telling about this pleasant serendipitous meeting and garden tour. As I pulled into the store parking lot, I said, “There really are a lot of nice people around here.”
We walked into the store and right in front of us was– the man from the house with the garden!
I introduced him to my flabbergasted child (Yes, we had just talked about this guy! What are the chances of this?). He was happy and surprised to meet us there, talked a bit, said to please stop over.
On our way out of the store, he spotted us and stopped to wish us a good weekend and said how nice it was to see us.
Just a minor chance encounter or two. Or three…
Don’t forget to smile as you go about your day out there in the world. It is amazing how simple smiles and hellos can be such day brighteners.
And, you never know: one of these days we may smile at each other!