djdorchester saidWhat if it was a can of Beer Nuts, and the dude teared up because he's allergic to nuts and was wishing for a few $10 scratch tickets. Point is, how are we supposed to know if they were tears of joy or tears because whatever was in the box reminded him of his mean ol' uncle who used to abuse him and kept him locked in the cellar for six long, dark years? Just sayin.... who knows?
Ummm... a bit of a stretch, wouldn't you say? Not out of the bounds of possibility, and you get an "A" for creativity, but I think improbable.
Yet here's the improbable part of my Swarovski crystal heart story from above: We were attending a formal opera fundraiser gala together, which included silent and live auctions. The Swarovski heart was one of the silent auction items. He didn't say a word to me about it, and we perused the auction items separately. I got into a bidding war for the crystal, eventually winning it (and no bargain, but the money was for charity, and I already knew what I was going to do with it, Valentine's Day being just a few days away).
When they announced the winners as we sat together having after-dinner coffee he was surprised to hear my name called for it. Later as we left I claimed my prize and paid for it, then approached him.
"Here, this is for you," I told him.
"Are you serious?" he replied.
"Of course, an early Valentine's Day gift. I know you like Swarovski."
"I have two of these, the larger and smaller one, and I almost bid on it myself, but I saw your name several times on the sheet, and I didn't want to bid against you."
"You really have others like it?"
"Yes, there's a larger and smaller in the set, and this completes it. How did you know I wanted this?"
"I honestly didn't. It was Valentine's Day, I know you like Swarovski, so I got it."
By now he was crying, but trying to conceal it in that straight crowd where he wasn't out but well known, as we made our way to the coat check to get our topcoats. I thought to myself: "Bob, for once your instincts were correct, and it doesn't work out any better than this." Improbable, but sometimes improbable things do happen.