I went to Farmer's Market this evening - the first time in a very long time. It was nice - a calm, cool, but not too cold evening. Not too many people crowding around. Just nice.
I dined at The Corner View (formerly Linn's), and along with a delicious plate of cheese ravioli in a creamy sundried tomato and cream sauce, I devoured a delightful book called Because of Winn-Dixie. You may have heard of it. They've made a movie from it. It's really, really good. You should read it. Really.
After dinner, I crossed the street and sat on a bench under a street lamp and continued reading what really is a totally awesome book. (Seriously, if you haven't already done so, you've got to read this book! It's fantastic!) As I sat there, dozens of people of all genders, races, and maturity levels walked, ran and skateboarded by. I looked up from the really good book I was reading (Did I mention I'm reading a really good book right now? I am. It's called Because of Winn-Dixie, and it's really good!) periodically to people watch - one of my favourite pasttimes. I had just looked back down to read another page when I had a very odd conversation.
A girl - someone whom I've never seen before - walked by me, then stopped, turned to me and said, "Hi!"
I looked up, smiled at her and said hi back. Cause I'm nice that way.
Then she said something I didn't quite hear.
"Excuse me?" I asked.
"You have a really pretty smile," she said again.
*blink blink* "Oh. Thank you." I answered
She grinned at me, then headed back up the street. I stared after her for some moments, wondering what possessed a perfect stranger to just speak to another perfect stranger who's sitting on a bench intently reading a really, really good book. I've come to the conclusion she's either a very nice person, or a very odd person. Maybe both. It was an odd experience to be sure, but at the same time, a pretty cool one too!