Today, out to lunch again (again? well yes, I was out on Wednesday and am out again on Sunday and then next Tuesday), the restaurant got busy and the waitress asked if we minded sharing a table with two other people. Of course we didn't mind, especially as we were at the coffee stage and would soon be ready to go.
How lucky we were to have said yes. We met two of the nicest people imaginable and had a lovely half hour chatting while we waited for their lunch to arrive. These chance meetings can turn out to be a delight and frankly should never be turned down. Having the chance to have a conversation with someone new can be very refreshing.
We exchanged the names of restaurants, shared places we had visited, chatted about trivialities - all with a lady of ninety and her son perhaps in his sixties. He obviously adored his mother and she likewise and together they made a fascinating pair. I hope they thought the same about us.
As my father used to be fond of quoting (Rabbie Burns I think but I am sure someone will put me right if it is not so) 'Oh would some power the giftie gi' us, to see oursel's as others see us'!