The 1957 picture starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr centered on a chance meeting. Two engaged people fall in love with someone other than their intended and agree to meet up again in six months. The rest of the movie is about all the things that happen to them in those ensuing six months and culminates in another chance meeting.
None of my stories today are epic romances like this movie, but both do hinge on random meetings. The New York Daily News followed up on a story I posted a while ago regarding the ill teen who gave Brett Gardner a Project Sunshine bracelet on the morning before he hit the first inside-the-park home run, and she got the heart transplant she needed. I think both of them benefited from the luck and hope that bracelet symbolized.
Britain's Daily Mirror ran (hee hee) a story on Jeffrey Balogun, whose sprinting talent was discovered one morning several years ago when he ran for a bus. The budding sprinter had wanted to break into sprinting on the national scene but didn't know how. His dash for the bus, which he ironically missed, caught the attention of a girl who ran for a club headed by a man with connections to Great Britain's track governing body. Balogun now has his eye on the 2012 Olympics.
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