I'll never forget the first (of many times) that I watched the movie "The Holiday" and learned what a "meet cute" was:
A meet cute is a fictional scene, typically in film or television, in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing. The term has existed since at least the early 1940s. Thanks Wikipedia!
Now, when I was single, I imagined all my dating experiences and escapades to start as a meet cute, where I would be able to tell great, adorable stories of how I met my beau. Sometimes it happened, other times it didn't. However, now that I'm not on the prowl, I still enjoy meeting new people and making new friends wherever I go and learn fun stories about them. Obviously 😊
Last Saturday, I did what I usually do when I'm in SF and went to my favorite Farmer's Market in the city - The Ferry Building! I'm a pretty habitual person and have my set route when I get there - flowers, coffee, breakfast and shopping list.
So, I decide to go to grab a Vanilla Ice Brew from Sightglass since it was a sunny, warm day. I hear a cute couple behind me deliberating on what to drink - a regular pour-over vs. vanilla iced cold brew. I felt compelled to be the tie-breaker and interjected. I let them know, if you're not from here, and this is your vacation, then go big and take a chance - you can have amazing regular coffee anywhere, but how often can you have a signature drink like this? They both agreed and thanked me before they ordered. I thought to myself, good job Cherlyn, good deed of the day!
As I mentioned earlier, I'm a creature of habit and went shopping and got a bagel from Wise Sons. I went to sit down somewhere nearby and lo-and-behold, I ran into the lovely couple I met at Sightglass, finishing their iced coffee and eating some breakfast.
This was meant to be, me having breakfast with this out-of-town couple on a beautiful Saturday. They are from San Antonio, TX and were in town because Lisa designs hotels for a living and had a client in SF. Charles decided to tag a long and check out what this city had to offer. They were both blown away by the Farmer's Market and let me know that this was something special, something they didn't really have back at home. I told them that this was just one piece of the culinary world that is San Francisco. It was great just chatting with them and learning about their family, giving them advice on public transit, on-demand transit vs. taxis, my go-to places to eat. I could tell they were good parents because they were so patient with me and listened to everything I had to say. I think they could see how happy it made me to brag about what San Francisco has to offer and that I really wanted them to soak it all in during their short trip here.
They had dinner plans at The Cliff later that evening, and I told them they had to watch the sunset before dinner. I wonder if they did. I hope so because the view is stunning.
This brief moment of connecting with them made me realize it doesn't have to be hard to make new friends, even if you only have one chance meeting with them and that's it. Learning about each other is such a gift. You never know what you'll learn about the stranger in front of you. Lisa and Charles really made my day by just having breakfast with me.