It was a sunny day much like today when she and Michael first met. She was sitting on a bench in the park close to where she lived and just enjoying the sunshine. It was a long weekend. No work the next day. Usually on a Sunday afternoon she would be home doing laundry, sorting out her clothes for work and then watch the news as she had her dinner. A rather mundane existence. Her friends tried unsuccessfully to get her to go out on the weekends with them but she always had an excuse. After a while they gave up. And that suited her just fine. She wasn’t one for going to bars or parties or walking aimlessly around shopping malls. She was perfectly happy curled up on the cushy sofa with a good book.
That afternoon was an exception, though. She had looked out of her living-room window and thought it was too beautiful a day to be cooped up inside. So, she quickly changed, fixed her hair and face and went to the park. She walked for a bit and then sat down on one of the benches facing the fountain. She watched the families with their children pass by, pausing to take photos. The park wasn’t crowded but there were a good many people milling around.
She saw a rather attractive man walking in her direction. She didn’t want to stare at him so she looked over at the fountain, all the while aware of him. It seemed like he was going to walk past when he stopped and came over to the bench. He sat down next to her.
She could feel his eyes on her but she kept her head straight. “It’s a great afternoon, isn’t it?” he said, startling her and she turned to look at him. She wasn’t one for speaking to complete strangers but he seemed harmless. And he had the most incredible blue eyes she had ever seen.
“Yes, it is.”
At first it was just a polite exchange and then the ice broke and the conversation became easier. Pretty soon it was getting late and she had to leave. They arranged to meet in the park again the following Sunday at the same spot. This continued for a few weeks and then Michael asked her out for dinner. More dinners followed, then the movies, then the theatre. Pretty soon her weekends were busy. She met Michael’s parents when he took her to dinner at their place. And he met hers at one of their family barbecues. Yes, she and Michael were officially dating.
“Hello Beautiful,” that soft but deep unmistakable voice brought her back to the present. She got up, always beaming when she saw him and they hugged and kissed.
“I hope you haven’t been waiting long. Had to run a couple of errands.”
She shook her head. “No, I haven’t been waiting long,” she said. She was just so happy to see him. They didn’t see much of each other during the week because of busy schedules but they spoke on the phone for hours. Weekends were their time together.
“Let’s go for a walk,” he suggested.
She was surprised. Usually they would sit and chat for a while before they went for a walk. She shrugged. “All right.”
“First, I need to tie my shoe lace.” He got down on his knee. She stood there watching him as he fussed with a perfectly tied lace. Then he fumbled in his pocket and her breath caught in her throat when she saw him take out a red box. He opened it and held it out, his eyes now on her face. “Lauren Spencer, will you marry me?”
She began to laugh and cry at the same time. People were passing by and watching them, smiling. “Yes, I will marry you, Michael Donovan.”
Michael slipped the ring on her finger and then got up. “You have just made me a very happy man,” he said, cupping her wet face between his hands and kissing her. She thought she heard applause but she soon blotted out the sounds around her as she basked in the knowledge that she was going to marry the man of her dreams. And this was all as a result of that one day she went to the park. She hadn’t gone looking for love but it found her. Life was so wonderfully unpredictable.