Do you believe in love at first sight?

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I absolutely do. What is life but for fleeting moments of beauty through the monotony? I also believe that love at first sight works both ways. If it’s not there, it’s not quite right.

I’ll be honest, I think it’s only ever legitimately happened to me once. It happened at work a few months ago. I was wearing my generic monkey suit, nametag on and everything. It was checkout time, so people were all over the place.

A gentleman came up to me at our desk in the lobby and asked where to print boarding passes. I treated him like all of our other guests who inquire about such things. I politely went through the spiel: I needed to see his photo I.D. and his confirmation number, and I could certainly do it for him.

About fifteen seconds later, I am finally able to slow my brain down and take the beautiful creature in. It was like Einstein’s theory of relativity:

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.”

I’m sure the quote is anecdotal and can’t be backed up, but you know what I mean.

He was a few inches taller than me, dressed nicely, light-skinned Asian, from Virginia. In moments, I was tongue-tied. He had the most unusual name: Lucien Wong. Or Wang. I just needed to confirm his face and make sure the name matched the airline reservation. My short-term memory short-circuited for sure.

I melted. I lost all control over my faculties. He was in a hurry, and of course, as it often does, my computer took forever to kick over to the print boarding pass screen. Eventually, the computer simply died and refused to acknowledge me at all. The only solutions when this happens is for him to do it himself at our self-service kiosks down the hall from our desk, or to go to the airport.

I felt a stab in my heart sending him away, not only because my computer failed me but because I felt like that was the only time I would ever see him. It was a good thing there wasn’t a line behind him because let me tell you, I was twitterpated for days after. I had never felt that way about anyone before. I interact with hundreds, if not thousands of people a day, a week, in a month at my job.

So, yes, I believe in love at first sight. Absolutely, with all certainty and in every definition of every language every spoken.

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