I’ve been sick in bed the past few days, and talking about sweating Aja, I’ve been changing t-shirts six times every night. No fun! Right now I am feeling slightly better so I’m hoping I’m past the worst.
I got a phone call from I.M. yesterday. She’s a really good friend of mine and is also my son’s godmother. She’s a musician and is often around touring and she lived a couple of years in the States, so we don’t really get to hang out that much. She had been here to visit a few weeks ago but we hadn’t talked since then, so when she called she knew nothing about B.
I of course told her about the new man in my life and how happy I was. She wanted to know his name to look him up on Facebook and immediately recognized the guy. “Oh, him!” she bursted out, like it was no news at all. Thing is, the same day she left the island, B had arrived with the same boat. So the split second that he had come off the boat, and she had boarded it, she had noticed him. With his tattoos and his pink jeans, and she had thought to herself: “This is the man for Agathe! This is who she should be with. The man’s an artist!” And she had thought of the boat as The Love Boat and she had heard The Love Boat theme in her head and she knew that a new chapter in my life was about to begin.
This was so freaky, because at the time, I didn’t even know B. I mean, I had seen him around a lot because he’s clearly noticeable, but I hadn’t ever even said hi to the guy, and he had never noticed me. I’d usually see him at the shop, but it was like I was invisible to him, and I hadn’t looked at him that way anyway. It was only a few days later that I got to meet him for the first time. And I.M. was right. He is the man for me.
It is so funny sometimes how people that know you well can know you better than you know yourself. Sometimes B and I wonder why we never met before seeing that he has been working out here for a couple of years already and seeing that we are only about four hundred people on the island. I guess sometimes it’s all about timing. And now the timing was right.
As I went to the shop today to pick up my mail, I bumped into B and we went there together. Out of all the times I’d seen him there before, he’d never even glanced at me, and when he drove me home he said: “Well, I noticed you today!”
I.M. had just figured it out before either one of us.