Watch out hopeless romantics, this story might have you falling in love with every stranger you come across. Have you ever passed someone on the street and locked eyes with them for a moment, and in that moment, you can picture an entire life with them? You can see your house, vacations, and maybe even children. This may seem like a crazy thing to think about, but many people would call this, love at first sight. Sometimes, when this happens it’s just not the right timing, but you can’t stop thinking about that person with the sparkle in their eyes. This couple started out as merely strangers, but with time and patience it turned into something so incredibly beautiful.She would see the same people all the time, and most of the time she just keep to herself. Until one day, there was a new face sitting across from her on the train.
She wanted to get his attention, but his nose was always stuck in a book. She decided to try a new strategy.
Normally, she would wear jeans and converse everyday, but Zoë realized if she wanted the stranger’s attention, then she needed to dress up more often. So, she started wearing dresses to work, instead of her usual jeans and sneakers.
The stranger still didn’t look up from his book, but that didn’t discourage Zoë. “He was always reading something lovely, he was always reading something I had read,” Zoë said, explaining why she never gave up.
Every day they asked how the “Train Man” was, and wondered whether he finally looked up from his book. The answer was always no, he didn’t.
On her birthday, in May, she gave him a note as she was getting off the train introducing herself, and asking him out for a drink. She waited all day for a response, and at 5:00, she received an email.
He told her he appreciated the offer, but he had a girlfriend and wouldn’t be able to go for a drink with her. Well, that was the end of that, or so Zoë thought.
It was from the man on the train! He told her that he was single, and asked if she’d like to get a drink with him!
It turned out that the stranger’s name was Mark, and he was everything she thought he’d be. Their first date had no awkwardness and they had tons of things in common.
In fact, after only three months of dating, Mark moved in with Zoë. They were head over heels in love with each other.
While on a train in Australia, Mark asked Zoë to marry her! Certainly seems quite appropriate that he proposed to her on a train.
Not only are they happily married, they’ve extended their family. They’re the proud parents of two beautiful little boys.
She attempted to date other men while waiting for Mark, but no one piqued her interest like he did. Luckily, she held out for the man of her dreams.
“It was definitely love at first sight for me. I know that sounds crazy but that’s how I felt,” said Zoë.
She decided that writing a book was the way to share it, so she did. Mark wasn’t accustomed to reading love stories geared towards women, but he read “The Note,” written by his lovely wife.
“It’s been fun. He didn’t read it until I got the book deal … but he loved it,” said Zoë. If you like this story, check out Zoë’s book, and maybe you’ll be inspired to start a conversation with the next person who catches your eye.