On Sunday afternoon we were driving home from somewhere or other and were stopped at a stop sign, waiting for the traffic to slow down so we could turn left. I looked around (I have a habit of watching people) and up ahead, on the other side of the street, was an isolated private little house, a driveway, a man, and a woman.
The man had the woman by the shoulders, staring at her face with big lovey-love eyes.
"Whoa," I said, "they are in love."
Luke didn't see the lovey-love eyes, so I explained some more, gesturing at the distant couple and shaking my pointer finger all around in the air.
"Look how he is looking at her, look at the way they are talking. Their faces are all gaga. They are standing so close. Those people are sooooo in love."
He laughed at me, and started to pull out into the break of traffic to turn left. He said he thought the man was breaking some bad news to the woman. Maybe they were just getting home from a funeral? Maybe they were coping with something and talking something over --
"HE'S PROPOSING!!!!!" I interuppted.
Luke swung his head around to see a glimpse of the man, the gaga faced lovey-love-eyes man, down on one knee.
We were all excited and giddy at this point. This might not sound exciting, but people? It was unbelievable and funny and felt so BIG.
"Do you think he was?"
"Holy crap, that was crazy."
"I think, I mean, it really seemed that way?"
"He was probably tying his shoe."
We were silent for several blocks when Luke finally said, "We have to find out. I'm going back."
We turned the car around, but were sure they would be gone by the time we got back.
They weren't gone. They were still in the driveway. The girl was staring at her left hand and shaking it around, full of glee.
He was really proposing.
The lovey-love eyes couple will never have any idea that total strangers witnessed their private big moment that took place in a little driveway on a quiet sparse street.
I am really good at spying on people.
(My kids don't have a chance. I will always know what they are up to. I am pretty happy about this.)