This is one of my favorite pastimes and I’m always curious about the people who pass me by. If I was the type of person who could approach strangers, I’d want to ask “What’s your story?” because everyone has a story to tell.
People watching is a great way to study emotion and body language, to study how they interact with others. Are they friends, relatives, lovers, husbands and wives, girlfriends taking a break from families to shop and laugh and maybe have lunch?
I saw the cutest couple the other day as I was doing my grocery shopping. An elderly man and his equally elderly wife were walking up and down the aisle at my local grocery store. I knew they were married (and must have been married for a very long time) just by the way they interacted with each other. He was so solicitous of her, touching her hand gently, asking her opinion as they chose what to put in the basket, asking her if she felt all right, did she want to sit down. And she, looking at him with complete and utter adoration as she gripped the handle of the grocery cart, reminding him he shouldn’t choose things with so much salt as she wanted him to be around for a long time.
They must have been in their mid-eighties and as I watched them, I couldn’t help thinking how lucky they were to have each other, to still love each other with such passion…..oh, yes, passion. It was evident in the way they spoke to each other, touched each other, looked at each other. I smiled at them both as I passed by, grateful I had seen a glimpse of their love, oddly pleased I had witnessed such an ordinary thing like grocery shopping turn into a wonderful experience.
And isn’t that one of the reasons we read romances? To catch of peek of a love that lasts a lifetime? To witness it first hand within the pages of a book?