December 21, 2011

A Conversation

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I went to meet some friends for lunch and as I arrived late, I quickly made my way into the long line to order.  A shorter, old man, in good health, looked at me as I was walking up and told me my outfit was "striking".  Caught slightly off guard by his compliment, I laughed and thanked him.  He told me I shouldn't worry because he was not hitting on me; he was already taken.  Again, I laughed, and assured him that I didn't take his words for anything more than kindness.
As we stood, two strangers in line together, the old man shared reminiscently how he had been married for over fifty years, and that two years ago, his wife passed away.  He reached his hand into his left shirt pocket, and gently pulled out her picture.  The edges were worn. The colors were faded.  The photo was shaped to the curve of his chest.  As his eyes teared up, he told me he carries that picture of her, next to his heart, every day.
Moved by his words and emotion, I placed my hand on his back as if we were friends, and told the man how lucky he was, as my eyes slightly began to tear up too.  We chatted a few moments longer, as I proceeded to ask him if he had any children.  He did, two sons - 43 and 46.  One works for the Brewers, the other the Secret Service.  Again, I admired the old man for having two accomplished sons, and he thanked me for asking about them.
Quickly, it was my turn to order, and when I went to turn back around, he was gone, like a ghost in the wind.  I never got his name.  But he left a lasting impression.  One of hope and inspiration.  In a world of expensive weddings and quick divorces, of cynicism and skeptics, of philanderers and non-commiters, a little old man in a sandwich shop, with a lifetime of love behind him, reminded me that true love does exist.  It exists.  It exists endlessly, and it knows no bounds.

62 comments:

Danielle Nelson said...

Love this SO much. Thank you for continuing to inspire me always.

Danielle :)
A Little Bit Adrift

Beckie said...

Oh that is wonderful- I needed to hear that today!!!

Erica said...

very touching..... and gives me copious amounts of hope, as I just started to lose it before I read this. Thanks for sharing Katie <3

Kathryn Elise said...

how very sweet! Isn't it amazing how when something like that happens, you can't get it off your mind for days to follow? :)

Jenny said...

What an absolutely beautiful post. Thank you for this.

Ana said...

So inspiring!

Karolyn Tracy said...

what a wonderful story. I love when someone comes into your life or day and you are not sure why, but they sure do make you think, give thanks, or give words of wisdom or hope when you need it. :)

Chic in Vancity said...

wow, so beautiful, teared up while reading it.
It's comforting to know that there is still the possibility of a love like that surviving in our world. An eternal love.
Happy Holidays!!
Bella xox
http://www.chicinvancity.com/

Nicole said...

what an incredible moment- i love when complete strangers inspire. It is wonderful to know beyond just love existing, that kindness exists, too!

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

This is such a touching and inspiring entry, like from a movie or something. Thanks for sharing and telling it so beautifully!

Audrey
www.puttingmetogether.com

Alicia said...

Oh wow, such beautiful words and experience. Thank you for sharing.

Adriana said...

YOur post made me tear up. I had an almost identical experience in April--you are right. True love exists and I still think of the tears in the man's eyes that I encountered. It's easy to loose sight of what truly matters.

Rachael said...

That is so sweet!
I love how he keeps his late wife's photo in his pocket...right by his heart! Sigh.

LuLu said...

So sweet. Just made me tear up reading it.

LuLu from A Candid Life

Mrs Spanglish said...

I teared up reading this. So so infintely sweet.

Tucker said...

thank you for sharing katie. i love this story. true love is so amazing and REAL.

Ashley said...

Aw I love this. It's encounters like that which make me so happy to hear about. I'm sure you made a lasting impression on him as well. How sweet!

Gentri said...

Oh my goodness I absolutely love this. What a great experience and story. Thank you so much for sharing this Katie and for the inspiration!

The Epper's said...

I have never left a comment before, but I truly loved this post. Sweet, true, and simple, how true love is and should be. What a fantastic encounter. Merry Christmas!

-Meg

Chic Coastal Living said...

That's beautiful...I love moments like that!

Faith said...

what a beautiful post. true love does exist :)

Maneet Jassal Gupta said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful incident with us!

Cassie said...

New follower here! Thanks for sharing what happened, What a beautiful thing! Just wanted to leave a quick comment and say hello!

xoxo

Upward Thinking said...

Such a moving story... Thank you for sharing.

kira said...

your words just moved me and made my night a little brighter.
merry christmas to you and your family.

kira

the classy turtle ♥ said...

Amazing!

Shabana said...

What a nice encounter! Thank you for sharing this!

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Maria said...

I absolutely LOVE this. I often need a reminder that love like this exists.

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Doux Rousse said...

I'm at work now and tearing up! What a sweet story!

XO,
Doux Rousse
www.douxrousse.com

Nessa @{Casa Braaflat} said...

this is so sweet. just received a kind hearted compliment from a stranger about my boys and it warmed my heart!

Ana said...

Lovely! It also means that give a compliment to a stranger now and then cant harm : )
I do believe in LOVE. Unfortunately not everybody does.

Leah said...

What a sweet little old man. I love that he commented on your outfit :) Bless his heart. Merry Christmas!!

xo Leah.

Courtney said...

Beautiful story, thank you for sharing! So glad I found your blog!
-Courtney

Amber said...

That's a beautiful story, it made me tear up a bit. Thanks for sharing.

Summer said...

Wow that really hit me today. My parents were married for 33 years before my mom passed away & my Dad wears a necklace with her picture on it under his dress shirt every day. It really helped me growing up and knowing that true love exists.

tobri said...

This is wonderful. It gave me chills reading it, thanks for sharing!

The Brunch House said...

Such a lovely story made me smile till the end. When I see how my parents love each other and how much respect the hold for one another makes me believe in love as well.

Thanks again,

xx

Lindsay said...

This was just what I needed to hear. What a lovely story and so beautifuly written. Thank you for sharing.

Alison said...

Ok, I'm not going to pretend that I'm not totally in love with the lighthearted nothings that make up the bulk of my blog feed every morning. But your post today is something truly special. What an amazing, beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing!

Team Babb said...

What an honestly lovely post. Thank you so much for sharing, Katie.
Isn't it amazing how many people we run into every day and we never really know when we might be entertaining angels.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

~Mel

Samantha Elizabeth said...

awww so sweet.

Xo Samantha

www.samanthaelizabeths.blogspot.com

TJ@How-toBeHappy.com said...

The title of your blog caught my eye and boy am glad I visited! This post is absolutely ADORABLE. Something about this kind of love brought "mist" to my eyes (I won't admit to any tears).

I think you have quite a good blog here and hope to read more stories like this in the future!

PS. You have given me a new idea on how to write posts for my blog on happiness and for that I thank you!

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

thank you so much for writing this post and reminding us of the value of the true love! i always get so much inspiration from your blog!

happy holidays!

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

projectdowhatyoulove said...

That was beautiful! Thank you for sharing, that was so lovely!

Natalie
www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

Lili said...

This is such a beautiful story. I admit I'm rarely open to talking to strangers, but sometimes there are miracles waiting to happen.

Jessica said...

This is so touching!
Made me slow down in the middle of all of the Christmas craziness and appreciate the loved ones in my life.

Merry Christmas!

xo, jessica
www.lovelylittlethingsblog.com

Chloe Jacqueline said...

Beautiful! Just beautiful!

Jenni@Story of My Life said...

This was lovely... made me tear up...

Myah said...

It sounds to me as though you were entertaining an angel. Thanks for sharing. This was phenomenal!

Robyn said...

Such a sweet post.

House 54 said...

Don't you just love moments like that? I had almost the same exact thing happen, only it was an old woman. I was just about to get married and she told me I'd live a happy, long, and wonderful life with my Husband. I teared up too. It was a conversation I'll never forget.

Thank you for sharing this! It was so beautiful! :)

Sheel said...

Thanks you for this!
I am a marriage and family therapist in training (I graduate with my Master's this May). And let me tell you...I hear and see it all, from the nasty, abusive, ugly comments, to hearing the most traumatic, life-altering stories. It is sometimes hard to instill this idea of true love and faith in humanity to some of my clients. And to be perfectly honest, sometimes, I wonder how I am able to hold onto my positivity...then, I am reminded that the world is a beautiful place, full of pure love when I hear stories like yours and talk to my elderly patients about their lives and loves. (I also work at a hospital, wherein I meet with many elderly people). I think that these interactions with people are the most powerful reminders that this world is full of LOVE and HOPE. Thank you!

PS. I am a new blogger!!! check me out http://ladyinplum.blogspot.com

The WholeFamDamily said...

sweetest thing ever!! it is such a reminder to try, to work for it, to never give up, so that one day you'll be old and look fondly back on your spouse and marriage because at the end of the day, truly..."love is all you need" ;)

xoxo
hillary

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