So I had planned to write a Valentine’s post about my love life and it would be all sappy and what not but last night in Starbucks here in Statesboro, GA I found a different inspiration.
Last night was my friend Sarah’s birthday and we all went to Olive Garden with our sorority sisters and some of her friends. We had a great time but when I walked in at around 7:30 p.m. I saw a man sitting on a bench outside with flowers. I didn’t really think mush of it until I came back out to go to Starbucks with two of my sisters. We saw him and mentioned that was kind of sad and hoped he wasn’t stood up. We then drove across the street to the Starbucks.
We walked in and ordered with that man still in the back of our minds.We sat down by the window and started to talk. The was a girl, a little older than us sitting at the table behind us. We all noticed her because she was reading alone and was dressed really cute. Finally, after about 10 minutes a man whom, we realized after a minute was a pastor at a local church, began to talk to her about the book she was reading. It was called ‘The Meaning of Marriage” by Timothy Keller. She mentioned she was engaged so of course, we started to look for the ring like most girls do. After a few minutes, the pastor left and one of my sisters asked to see her ring because we heard her say she was engaged. (Not Creepy at all lol).
Then this perfect stranger takes off her clearly expensive, beautifully giant, diamond engagement ring and hands it to us to look at in a Starbucks. As if this doesn’t make her the coolest person ever she goes on to tell us that she got engaged in August at the Parking and Transportation Office here at Georgia Southern because that’s where she first met her fiance on the first day of her freshman year. She later found out he was also her CL in the dorm and her student FYE instructor. She said obviously that God wanted them to be together.
They got engaged on the same day in August in the same place they met and then when they went to book their wedding day accidentally chose the same day in August of 2017. If that is not meant to be I literally don’t know what is! We talked for a bit more about her wedding and what sorority she was in and all. Then we left to go back and get my car from the Olive Garden parking lot.
We pull in and having forgotten about that poor guy are surprised to see him still sitting there on that bench (4 hours later). My sisters went up to talk to him and ask if he was like okay and if his date was coming. He said that she was and that she had told him that he would show up sometime between 6 p.m. and closing (11 p.m.). This in my personal opinion is super odd but at this point, we are invested so we went over to my car and waited to see if this girl would actually show up. Sadly 11 p.m. came around and he left clearly really upset.
I don’t tell the story to make people feel bad so close to Valentines Day but just to say that obviously there is hope of you don’t have someone and don’t put your life on hold for someone who doesn’t do the same for you. My boyfriend and I have been together for 4 years now and it has been the best time of my life and I am so blessed to have him as my best friend. One day I hope to look back and tell our story and it is as heart-warming was the girl’s from Starbucks and never to take it for granted like the date that never showed at Olive Garden.
** Shout out to the Olive Garden guy you can totally do better than whoever was supposed to meet you!
I am about to start the book that she was reading because hearing her talk about it made it sound like it could be a really heartwarming and good read! I’ll let ya’ll know how it is. 🙂