It was a strange place to go to get to know another person better. It was just their second encounter. Simon had promised a “surprise that would definitely be worth her time” if Harriet accepted to see him again. She blushed and accepted without thinking too much. Sometimes overthinking steals the joy of impulsive actions.
They spent almost the entire day at the botanical gardens. She had never been, but it was on her ‘to-do’ list. He had recently read about it.
It was there that they both discovered the importance of being blown away by someone’s mind and personality.
“Come on, let’s go!”
His voice was anxious, masking the excitement and enthusiasm of a well-kept
secret only he knew.
She was reserved, almost scared. Where were they going? Why?
What would be there? How would they go? How long would it take? Her mind was a
whirlwind of questions. She probably appeared dazed too, perhaps betraying her
confusion to the outsider. So much, that it prompted him to reassure her. “It’ll be fine. Don’t be so afraid. It’s
going to be fun!”
He took her hand and led her to the car. He smiled at her,
his eyes glowing. She smiled back nervously. “Sometimes you don’t need to have all the answers,” he said.
When the car stopped, he turned towards her. She was gazing
outside trying to figure out where they were. “Close your eyes”, he said. She was almost shocked. “Come on, close your eyes. You’ll ruin the
surprise otherwise. Don’t you trust me?” It was a cheap card to play – the trust
issue – but he knew she would cave to it. “No
She gripped his arm as he led her out of the car and up a
grassy hill. The fresh air penetrated her nostrils and filled her lungs with
oxygen. It helped her get her mind off the fact that her heart was pumping mad
with anguish about this unknown event.
“We’re here,” he
said. She timidly opened her eyes.
In the middle of a picture-perfect scene – green valley,
tall trees in bloom, colourful flowers, peace and quiet – there lay a picnic
feast waiting for them.
She laughed wholeheartedly and jumped in his arms.
“Sometimes not knowing
too much is the best way to keep calm,” he winked.
There are certain things you (can) do to get your mind off certain
circumstances. Especially when those thoughts cause a change in mood, dishearten
you and bring you down. One of the most recommended one is to clean the house. It
is the best way to keep yourself occupied. Plus you get the added bonus of
having a clean lodging afterwards.
When Marie put on her rubber gloves and took to general
cleaning, she never expected the surprise she found wedged between the living
room wall and the bookcase.
It was a note folded in four. It appeared worn in the sands
It was handwritten in a blue pen with calligraphic lettering
that revealed sentiment in the script.
“May you live each day
as if it is a wonder. May yourevel
at each new experience. May you never cease to learn, to read, to live. May you
always be inspired by everything around you so that you too may be the
inspiration for those around you. May you acknowledge your worth even when
others don’t. May you never stop caring
for others, no matter who they are, small or big, two-legged or four-legged, bigger
or smaller. May you dream, aspire, struggle, accomplish. May you comprehend
that we achieve something even in our failures. May you be brave enough to
survive the hardships, take the tough choices and be courageous enough to
change things when it is time. May you always smile. May you never stop
believing in magic.
When Grandpa got up with the rising sun, he did not expect
that the front door wouldn’t open. Neither the back. He knew it was going to be
a difficult day. But for some, it would be exactly the opposite.
He tip-toed into Jenny’s room and gently shook her to waken
her from dreamland. She half-opened her eyes and stretched every inch of her small
“Good morning, Grandpa,”
“There’s a surprise
outside your window,” he smiled.
She jumped out of bed and looked outside.
Everything was white. An impeccable white blanket had
covered everything as far as she could see. It was snowing all night and it
continued to do so now. They were snowed in.
Grandpa was concerned because they were somewhat isolated in
the village and their resources were scarce. He was planning to go into town today,
had the weather permitted it. But few things in life usually go according to
Jenny was excited; she was jumping up and down and rushing
to put on warm clothes in order to run outside. It was freezing, but enthusiasm
always keeps you warm.
“Come on Grandpa, let’s
go build a snowman!” she called as she tried to open the door.
The old man used a shovel, back-aching and almost sweating
in the sub-zero temperatures, striving to open the door.
When he succeeded the little girl ran outside and dived into
There wasn’t much he could do anyway. He just had to wait
for assistance. So they might as well have some fun in the meantime.
Snow beautifies everything. It is nature’s magic that fills
your soul with wonder.
The things you remember are the things that are strange. The ones out of the ordinary, that are often nothing like expected.
When Mario told her he had a surprise-picnic planned, what immediately sprung to mind was something romantic, in a green field, with tall trees, flowers, silence and plenty of fresh air for them to breathe in and relax. They would also preferably be alone.
What happened though, was something Marisol could never forget. Mario took her to the neighbourhood park, where he prepared a mini-barbecue, under a sculpted tree.
He said this would surely create a lasting memory.
He was waiting for the fireworks. For a week now, it was all he could think about. She was excited too, but she had many other things on her mind that were consuming her attention. She relished the fact that he was so thrilled. Sometimes all it takes is someone else’s smile to make you smile even wider.
That night there was a fair, accompanied with the grandiose of a market, stalls, candy, street food, a Ferris wheel, lights, dance, songs and, of course, at the end of the night, fireworks. That splendid display of low explosive pyrotechnic devices that always make people stare at the sky with awe and amazement.
Tonight he had something special planned though.
As soon as the fireworks ended, he had arranged with the local DJ for her favourite song to play. As soon as she heard it, she turned at once towards his direction, her eyes now wide and bright, glistening in the night. He stretched his hand to clasp hers and drew her into an opening. And there he led her into her favourite dance. She was amazed. He had learned all the moves she enjoyed and managed to surprise her in a way she never expected.
For her, the fireworks came later. And that was all that mattered.