I am not a believer of karma, coincidence or some scientific explanation of the universe and our place on this planet. I trust our lives are already written, planned and laid out like a giant chessboard. We are gently nudged, yet forced to go in the direction that has been pre-designed. Let me explain.
On a warm and bright May afternoon, many years ago, I happened to be walking down Seventh Avenue in Manhattan with a friend when I met my future. If anyone needs a refresher, go back to my Gracefulness & Humility post, and yes, I’m talking about that “Deliver Us From Eva” thing, yet again – my mantra. But, when I talk about the board game effect……let me back up.
I had worked at my job at a Women’s Sportswear company for some time. I made many friends, although, kind of like my heroine in my first book; my soul mate continued to elude me. At that company we received fifteen percent of our annual salary every spring. Suddenly, the rules changed, and they decided to incorporate that money in our weekly pay. Well, let me just say, most of the employees were up in arms, and one by one made plans to leave.
Now, this new development didn’t upset me, I had no real desire to leave. To this day, I have no explanation why I made the decision other than the subconscious nagging at my soul. With that in mind, I too decided to break my ties and find new employment. My move though, took me to Men’s Sportswear, and offices out of the “Garment Center,” so to speak. I now had to leave Broadway, and take myself over to Seventh Avenue; cattycornered to Madison Square Garden or the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue and Thirty-First Street.
Before the end of the first year, a friend and I were strolling along when she poked me. “Oh, Ronnie, there’s that guy I told you about.”
“What guy,” I replied as I stopped, turned and scanned the area.
“No,” she whispered loudly. “Don’t look. It’s the guy that looks like Billy Dee Williams.”
“Yeah, but I don’t see him,” I said.
With that, she tugged me along; we continued walking and began our descent into Pennsylvania Station. Out of nowhere, this person eased next to me and began moving down the stairs.
“Going my way?” he asked.
Now, the “Eva” in me must have been napping, maybe on vacation without me – this is what I mean when I say pre-planned, because the heifer, I think, had to be….I don’t know, shopping in the Village, maybe? “It depends on which way you’re going.” I answered, somewhat coy.
Now, he begins his rap. “My friend there,” he said, turning and pointing. “He told me I wouldn’t come over and talk to you. I couldn’t let a pretty lady like yourself get away. Why don’t you give me your number, so that I can call you sometimes?”
Although nice, I had to be short. “Look it up. It’s in the phone book under Chess King.” (Remember them)?
Wait, they’re in the mall. There’s no mall in Manhattan, he thought.
With that, my friend and I slipped away. A couple of days later he called. Six weeks after that he asked me to marry him, and now, more years than I’d like to admit have mysteriously slipped from our grasp. He had been assigned to a job directly across the street from Madison Square Garden, and had only been in the City for a few months. What I believe is that he had been placed there just long enough for us to meet. Once we got engaged – only a few months passed and he had to move out of that job and back to work in New Jersey. So believe me when I say; luck, happenstance…….I think not. If anyone would like to share, please feel free. If not, then I hope I have restored some memories or at least fanned the embers to create a new spark.
Also, remember – new month new pictures – travel on over to “View from the Roads,” and check out my pics for July.
http://wp.me/p1t1w4-7e – Gracefulness & Humility post
Image courtesy of Google Earth