Chance Encounter


Every week, I’m amazed at how ideas come to me out of the blue for my blogs. This week’s blog is no exception. Today I did my weekly grocery shopping and as I stood in line waiting to be checked out, minding my own business, the lady in front of me begins to talk to me. I’ve always told my husband I must have a face that people feel comfortable talking to, because it ALWAYS happens, usually when I least expect it. Today, a lady in front of me made a comment on the mound of fruits and vegetables in my cart and how healthy I shop. I nodded politely and mentioned I have 6 kids to feed and try to shop as healthy as possible so they only have healthy choices. She went on to tell me how she HAD 6 kids but one just passed away last month from cancer. I told her how sorry I was to hear that and she smiled politely, then went into her story. After a couple of minutes, I heard about this mom’s struggles with not only the loss of one of her children, but how she herself has cancer and is battling it for her other 5 children. The strength in her voice made me believe (or want to believe) she would win her battle with cancer. We stood in line over 10 minutes together, waiting for the very slow line to finally get shorter. As she finished checking out, we said our good-byes, I wished her well and off she went.
As I drove home, I was completely immersed in our conversation and how lucky I felt to have all that I do in my life. It’s amazing how a complete stranger can give someone a different perspective on life. I have always said, ‘everything happens for a reason,” and I think sometimes chance encounters with complete strangers maybe aren’t “chance encounters” at all. Throughout our lives, we have people come and go, some are just strangers, some are friends, others are those like my sister who passed away a few years ago. Because she was in my life, I am the person I am today. I have dreams and look at life as a gift because I saw her struggles and came to realize just how short life is.
I’m not sure if my chance encounter was meant for the woman in front of me who maybe just needed an empathetic ear, or for me, as a reminder of how thankful I should be for all that I’ve been blessed with, because it can go away in a blink of an eye. Either way, I think we both took away something from our meeting that helped us both.

An update on The Wish:
I should be finishing up my edits by end of next week and getting ready to send it off to the publisher. (YEA!) I gave my husband a deadline to finish editing my book trailer by then as well. I will keep you updated on when that will be posted.

Please continue to share my website with others in your social media circles and as always, thank you for your support!
Til next week…
E.V.Jones

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