All right, let me start off by saying that I am a total cornball for these kinds of stories. Maybe not a complete cornball, but a special kind. One who’s kind of realistic, but still hopes, believes, and daydreams that anything could happen on any given day. We just don’t know. Which brings me to the lovely story of Zoe Folbigg and her mystery commuter crush: Train Man.
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It was on a rainy morning that Zoe was waiting for the 8:21 a.m. train from Hertfordshire to London. What started as an ordinary day with ordinary commuters suddenly became life-changing. Into her vision appeared a handsome stranger with olive skin, dark eyes, and dark hair. At that single moment she was hooked. Without breaking British train protocol, she caught a seat near him in the cart, but never spoke a word. Within a couple weeks, she was telling all her friends about him and spending a little extra time in the morning to impress this mystery man.
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Weeks would go by of trying to strike up a conversation, then backing out from fear of rejection. Time and time again she would miss an opportunity; bad timing or interruptions would strike. Finally, she left him a note on the train with her email and a few witty lines asking to meet for drinks. Alas, this was faced with a kind and gentle ‘I’m with someone.’ Ouch. But time passed like it always does with these kinds of situations.
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To make a long story short, after some acceptance, daydreaming, and sadness, Zoe was contacted by Mark (a.k.a. Train Man) a few months later to go out on a date. It was like the heavens opening up. Fast forward again, and now they’re happily married with two kids. WHAT? I know. My train rides usually consist of being stuffed into the subway like a sardine, smelling weird smells, and watching older women knit things at their seat. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve run into a tall, dark, and handsome stranger. Haven’t seen many of those around lately. Must be on the wrong train.
Now, after being married almost ten years, she has stuck with her writing career and became an author of a book based on her own love story! It was earlier this month that the book, The Note, was released and I think it’s surely worth a read. A mix of nonfiction and romance is enough to give me hope. You don’t have to be super mushy or believe all that stuff from fairy tales. However, I do think its important to believe in the power of the everyday.
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Maybe you’ll run into an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, or someone who could give you a break in your career. Perhaps you will meet someone who seems so familiar it frightens and excites you. There’s a Bruce Springsteen lyric from ‘Thunder Road’ that goes, “Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night,” and I believe that applies to every moment.
Take The Note as a lesson. It just may get you to where you’re going.
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