I was sitting at a café near Union Station watching the morning crowd stream in the revolving door like a school of fish released from captivity and I noticed something unusual. In the middle of all the hustle and bustle a couple stood still, saying goodbye. Independently, this man and women would likely go unnoticed in a crowd: middle-aged, brown hair, neutral clothing. There was nothing particularly eye-catching or distinct about the way they looked. In fact, I think most people would miss seeing them for this very reason.
But here’s the thing: just before they parted, with an influx of people swimming around them, they took the time to notice one another. The man, slightly taller, leaned in to meet the eyes of the woman, quietly whispered something and with his hand gently touching her face, kissed her forehead.
I don’t know the particulars of their relationship but I do know this: I was moved by this loving gesture and I was thankful to have witnessed their moment. It reminded me that in the midst of a largely disconnected world, connection is possible and it is beautiful. No matter how ordinary your life may appear, if you are valued by another, you will stand out in a crowd.
I have a quote on my fridge that reads, “at the end of the day, all that matters is who is in your life”. Being loved, even by one other person on this earth, is extraordinary.
(Originally posted in 2009)