A few weeks ago I recorded a pleasant encounter I had at the grocery store. My hope is that this story will add some positive vibes to the world
I’m always impressed how encounters with new people can be so meaningful, and almost magical. I had one such encounter in the grocery store this week. While I was checking out a young Asian man stood right behind me. We both did a double take because it was only two days prior that we were in exactly the same place together. I reminded him, “We met here two days ago and you were buying a bag of King Arthur Wheat Flour and you were going to make cookies for your girlfriend who was visiting.” He said “Yes, and here’s my girlfriend Sarah right here.” I said, “Hello Sarah!” Sarah smiled and said hello back. Then I asked the young man how the cookies turned out and he said “Great!” and that they would make them again. I saw he was buying Tofu so I asked him with all seriousness if he was going to make Tofu Cookies. He laughed as if one doesn’t make Tofu Cookies, and said they would make something, but I didn’t catch the name. “A Korean dish,” he said. We conversed a little more and I managed to get them to tell me they were students – he at UCONN and Sarah at U of San Diego. I said “Oh my son lives in San Diego.” Yet another coincidence. I asked what he studied, and he said, “Economics.” Then I asked Sarah, and she said, “Economics.” As I proceeded to leave he asked me what my name was and I told him, and I asked what his name was, and he said “Pin”, “Pin and Sarah” he said. I said it was a pleasure to meet them. We both agreed ours was a wonderfully joyful encounter and we hoped we would meet again. I then left the store, with a memorable experience to take home.
It never ceases to amaze me when a magnetic charm takes hold in this world. Really, what were the chances that I would bump into the same stranger in the same place within two days of each other? And on top of it, have such a pleasant conversation. Since these two consecutive meetings, I haven’t run into Pin, or, at least I am not aware of our paths crossing. Though, it’s possible we have – and maybe we will. Until then, let the magic of the world unfold.