Sometimes our most meaningful and memorable interactions are with someone we've just met. Here, people share the most amazing way they've ever bonded with a complete stranger.
1. My mom died suddenly a few months back. I found out in the morning. I went to my sisters a few blocks away. On the way home late that afternoon, walking home in a daze I saw a homeless man pick up a cigarette butt from the gutter and try to light it with matches.
So I walked up to him gave him my almost full pack of cigarettes and lighter. Just handed it to him and started to walk away when he said, "Are you okay?"
I looked at him and said, "My mom just died." He grabbed me in a big hug, kissed the top of my head and said, "I'm sorry sweetheart."
2. I was driving down a two-lane highway, and there was dude driving like a jerk. He kept passing me and cutting me off, speeding and swerving all over the road, and just being a typical Maryland driver in general.
I'm not one to succumb to the jerk drivers in my state, so I kept doing the same thing to him. At one point, I was in front of him, and glanced to my right to see if he was riding up on that side. Another car was next to me, and the driver, a male in maybe his 30s, rolled his eyes and pointed to the asshole behind us.
Suddenly, his expression grew serious and I knew what he wanted to do. We made eye contact, nodded at one another, and then proceeded to travel side-by-side so he could not pass either of us. I was satisfied when I checked my rearview and could see the anger in the jerk's face as he threw his hands up in frustration.
3. Late night Walmart run with my dad when I was probably 12 or so. On our way out, we were walking next to some random guy. He looked down at me and I looked up at him. Next thing you know, we both break into a speed walking race to the parking lot, where the stranger congratulates me on my victory and we part ways, never to see again.
I miss you late night Walmart speed-walker man. I miss you.
4. I was crying in a stairwell one day when this girl sat next to me and started sobbing hysterically as well. We just sat together for a few minutes crying until someone else entered the stairwell, muttered "Oh God", and left.
5. About ten years ago, I was standing at a urinal when a guy came in with complete disregard to the "skip a urinal" rule. A need to assess this person and my surroundings left me making eye-contact with him.
Thinking back now a simple head nod (upwards of course) would have sufficed. I, on the other hand, took a different approach. When I realized that both of us had each broken two of the most important restroom rules, I said, "Cross the streams, Ray."
Before I could feel any more uncomfortable, he replied, "You said never to cross the streams!"
This is the story of how my best friend and I met.