I needed some time alone to prepare for an upcoming ladies gathering at which I am speaking, so I decided to go to Starbucks and have some coffee while working on my “stuff”. As I sat there, I noticed a couple sitting nearby that kept glancing my way. Then, I heard them say America (in Chinese), so I looked up.
I knew better.
When I made eye contact, I was giving them a signal that I wanted to talk. They began to ask me questions that I didn’t understand, so I decided to go over there so I could hear them better. They had been trying to guess if I was from England or America. Then they wanted to know all sorts of other things about me. When we got to a point that I truly couldn’t figure out what they were saying, I excused myself back to my table to continue my work. However, their interest was sparked, so they just left their table and joined me at my mine.
I was trying really hard to be involved in the conversation and not show them that I wanted them to go away so I could accomplish what I had come to do.
I asked them if they were dating. They both turned red and the silence that followed was enough answer for me. I think maybe it was one of their first dates…or maybe that HE wanted it to be a date but she didn’t. She was 8 years younger than him, and he kept telling me how beautiful she was. I continually agreed with him and even told her I thought her dress was very pretty. Her reply?
“I like your face.“
Well. Okay, then. That ranks up there with the strangest responses I’ve ever heard to a compliment. Ha!
After thirty minutes of slightly awkward conversation, a billion selfies that included me, the foreigner, I told them I had to head home.
I got a text from the guy today…asking if me and my family would like to travel all over the city with them for a few days to find fun things to do. He even said something about making a video of it. Ummm…wow. I hope I misunderstood that part.
I’m not sure what purpose He has in putting me at Starbucks (where I NEVER actually go to drink coffee…sometimes I get it to go, but I can count on one hand how many times I have actually drank coffee in the store) at the same time this couple was there, but I can’t dismiss that He, perhaps, orchestrated it. That His plan is bigger than just them wanting a foreign friend. As much as I want to ignore his text and not reply, I can’t. My heart won’t let me.