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By Chance We Met

It was eleven years ago around this time when my destiny started to unveil. I was working at Johnson and Johnson and life was a tangled mess.
By chance, I discovered a KungFu class at work and quickly signed up. It was great, every session was therapy. I punched and kicked, ran and worked out like it was boot camp. The classes, which were twice a week was a place to unleash a lot of anxiety.


It was also from this class I met many employees from different departments that later became good friends. The group consisted of disciplined young single professional workaholics. Thus, I saw the perfect opportunity to make a dream come true, a campfire/ camping trip with a group of friends. Camping is a world of difference from a first class vacation, but there is something magical about sleeping in a tent outdoors. So I made the suggestion and took lead. The email invitations went out to our KungFu-ers with the option to invite others as they deemed appropriate.

By chance, SO wrote me an email and asked if he could help, or bring something for the event. Since I did not recognize the name, his email received no-reply. Little that I know, it was one of our chances that went unfulfilled.

By chance, I asked to borrow a pen from SO to sign up for a conference room close to his office at some point. SO and I worked in the same building, but we never saw or knew of each other. I do recall the incident, but also recalled that I didn't look at the person that handed me the pen. Had I looked at him, I might have been wakened sooner from the contentment of being in a miserable relationship. At the time, I was in a turbulence relationship with the most arrogant person, extremely jealous, huge egotistic and very demanding of others. He might have changed now, but at the time he was very conceded. I watched him scold at people, and treated people as if they were second class. Even though I knew those were not good qualities, I thought it didn’t matter because he was worth it.


SO and I had chances to talk and officially engaged in eye contact before the campfire event, but it turned out both opportunities with the pen and the email went unclaimed. The day of the camping event arrived. It was held at New Brighton Beach, in Santa Cruz, California, I came with a girlfriend who had no intention of staying over night. SO came with a friend that had a friend in the KungFu group, and they were big campers. We never saw each other until dinner time when all the guys came back from playing volleyball on the beach. SO and I sat opposite from the circle of fire.

Everyone had a blast even after SO made me jumped on top of the picnic table. Part of the night was written in Is Dating Like a Cattle Field?

I left camp early with my girlfriend while the others stayed. I was bummed, but maybe it was best that way. I can’t remember if SO loaned me his music collection before or after the incident. But I left camp that night with his entire case of music CDs and thinking I never knew anyone to be this trusting of a stranger.
But SO trusted that he would by chance get his CDs back somehow.


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16 comments :

  1. Love the beginning of a love story! It's always exciting and full of anticipation!

    Camping is not for me though, I still have nightmare from my first experience!

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  2. Such a sweet story. It was destiny. No matter how you tried to get away from it, God had a plan for you.

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  3. @Mumsy I like to know about your horror story on the camping trip.

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  4. @Anne Lyken-GarnerSeemed to the right thing that happened to me.

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  5. You had me hooked into the story and then it just ends. I want to know more. I like happy endings. :)

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  6. Hello beautiful :)

    You know that's something- while I was reading this, I quickly realized that I had always "known" you have experience with martial arts/ a martial artist. It's only when I read this that I realized "hey I didn't know that before, I just found this out now, so how did I know this, everysince?"

    hmmmm......

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  7. What a romantic story. PLEASE, tell me this love story has a happy ending.

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  8. @CWell I think we have ESP with each other, like vibes. Just because you see my buff body? LOL

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  9. A new beginning and a great story...

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  10. i remembered the first time you shared how you two met, and i loved it :) not learned further shrimp has to do with it :) love sea foods

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  11. Alright, I am beginning to link the story from the post I just read.. Hmm, yeah, the beginning of ... (well, you know what I meant, :P )

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  12. Love the story and love, love happy endings!

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  13. wow! very interesting. who knew we can find love in the most unexpected places. i found mine "online". And he traveled half around the world to give me a ring.

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  14. oh, such a lovely love story! i love camping though! it's fun! ;) Oh Mensch! i forgot to have a "pedicure"! when we had our 5th year wedding anniversary! haha! oh! maybe next year! haha! ;)

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