Someone once asked me what was the most surprising thing to have every happen to me. I thought and I thought about that answer. Really, I did do much thought because it seems that nothing really does surprise me.
Except one thing that just leapt out to me. It was about ten years ago, almost to the day. I was at my vacation home that about two hours from my actual home. There I was sitting at the picnic table by my pond I was enjoying a lovely lunch of tuna fish sandwiches, a cucumber salad, and some oatmeal raisins cookies. If I remember right, I was also reading a book, I cannot remember the title of it as of right now but I do remember my best friend telling me about it, she declared it an inspirational tale. Oh how I wished I could remember the title of that book.
Anyway I was swatting enjoying a warm summer breeze and my lunch, when out of nowhere there was a loud crash. I jump up and immediately went towards the sound.
I could not believe what I laid before my eyes. There was a tree laying across my front lawn. It was at the time blocking my driveway and the only way I have out of my vacation home. This means that I am stuck there until I can call a tree care company to come out and remove it.
As I was trying to figure out how I could get around it because I desperately needed to go into town. I need some things for the house, I had pleads of going into town today to gather everything. That way I could spend all my time here at the house, alone up to whatever it is that I want to do.
Now I was stuck, without enough water, food, or general things to live from. As I stood there looking like a sad puppy, I know. A man came lumbering down the dirt road that ran in front of my house. He said he owned the house closest to me and came when he heard a noise.
He then offer to call his cousin who worked for a tree care service and tree removals. Really the only one in the area actually. Ever so gracious I thanked him, after he rang his cousin; I told him my address and explained what had happen. Because I live in such a remote area of town, he cannot get his crew out to my house for other two or three days at the latest.
Unable to do anything about I resultantly said ok that it was all right. As my neighbor was about to return to his home I ask if he could give me a ride into town. He acquiesced.
As we rode the thirty minutes into town, he told me about his childhood. How long he had owned his house, what he did for a living, really we had a long get to know you session. In addition, surprisingly we had much in common.
My neighbor and I became fast friends. Before I know it, we were engaged and then married. Now ten years later we are still going strong. My surprise was meeting my husband doing a most unfortunate incident…
This is the answer my wife told me one day when we were on a date. I am always surprise by her lack of surprise with everything. Imagine my surprise when she told me it was how we met that was her greatest surprise.