I met her down at a coffee shop, I don’t normally frequent those sort of places but that day I felt a rather strange impulse to drink coffee. There she was, furiously involved in whatever she was writing, she had at her side a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin. I couldn’t take my eyes of her, I had never seen anyone type with such eagerness and passion; it was a living work of art. When she finally lifted her eyes from the computer she caught me starring, but unlike other times, I didn’t look away. Her hair was all over the place, it was somewhere between straight and curly, nonetheless, stunning. She tilted her head and told me: ‘You know…stranger, never and I mean NEVER fall in love with a writer’. I tilted my head to the other side and she repeated the same words but adding a follow up sentence: ‘Yea, don’t ever fall in love with them, they’re crazed people!’ To which I replied: ‘What happens if THEY fall in love with you?’
-By golly! That’s even worst!
-You’ll become immortal!!!!
-How is that a bad thing?
-Dude!?! Who wants to live forever!? Life is about living in the moment! Enjoying it! Seizing the day!
I smiled, never had I met a person that thought living on forever was a bad thing. Luckily for me the conversation didn’t end.
-Mind if I join you in the celebration of coffee?
-Sure, go ahead.
-You know, immortality should be left for the people that made a difference in history…
-Don’t be silly, he doesn’t deserve immortality…he fucked America and the indians and Puerto Rico.
-I’m guessing you’re Puerto Rican?
-Maybe…but that’s not the point here. People like Ghandi, Robert Frost, Jesus Christ, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King and so on and so on. Oh! Tim Burton and Johnny Depp as well.
-But…the last two aren’t dead…
-Shhhh….they are brilliant! They will live until the end of time! Even if they die!!!
-[chuckles] So…Jesus Christ? You didn’t seem like the religious type to me.
-I’m not, but who ever created the concept of Jesus Christ was a brilliant man….or woman, you never know!
-Come on! So many people brain washed? Who can’t fucking think for themselves!? It’s thanks to him we know of the living zombies!
-In that case, touchè my friend.
I can’t remember the last time I had such a meaningful and random conversation. She was so down to earth…yet, so crazy. I just wanted to stay there, which I did, neglected everything I had planned to do that day. After a fair amount of time and conversation, she asked me out to lunch before I could even utter a word. ‘You’re interesting and make good conversation’ she said. I spent such a lovely day with a complete stranger who’s name happens to be Annie. She was so, wordily. Without going to many places she still knew so much, books had done wonders to her brain, she had traveled more than any rich person who could afford to buy a plain ticket to hell if he/she wanted. At the end of the day I took her to her apartment where she gave me her phone number and threaten me to call her or she would send her evil minions to get me.
That’s how it all began, down at a coffee shop. Never did I expect to meet the woman I marry today at the one place I detested having to go. Now, I can’t get enough of it.