NaBloPoMo writing prompt from January 27, 2011:
Have you ever had a moment in your life feel like it was pointing toward your destiny, either at the time or when you looked at it in retrospect?
It was a little more than ten years ago – late May 2001. It was the first day of my second Boeing internship, but I was unable to start the job I was hired for because my security clearance hadn’t come through yet. I was originally hired for an internship on the Delta rocket program in Huntington Beach, but funding for that position fell through so I was placed on a program in Seal Beach instead. Unfortunately that meant that my clearance paperwork wasn’t submitted early enough for it to be ready when I arrived in California. So for the time being I was stuck in limbo, killing time in an unclassified area until I got cleared. Despite this difficulty, I was told that one of my new co-workers would be stopping by at some point during my first day to talk to me about my assignment for the next seven months. I didn’t know when he would arrive, so while I was waiting I started getting my computer account, password, paycheck direct deposit, etc. set up on the unclassified side. It was a painful process and I needed help from one of the office administrators. I went over to her desk to ask about something (I can’t for the life of me remember what anymore) and then I headed back to my temporary desk. I was oblivious to my surroundings so when turned a corner a little too quickly I ran smack into someone. He was tall with thick dark hair and a radiant smile. I don’t remember if I apologized for running into him, but I know I smiled back. I couldn’t help it. When I looked into his eyes I experienced that struck-by-lightning moment that every girl waits her whole life for. I was absolutely stunned. After standing there staring at each other for a few seconds the gorgeous man and I went our separate ways. I was overwhelmed with emotions as I started to walk away when suddenly the office administrator called me back to her desk. Mister tall, dark, and handsome was standing there which made my heart skip a few beats. Turns out that the guy I ran into was my new co-worker who had come by to introduce himself and his name was Dan Feller. I didn’t know it yet, but I had just met my future husband and it was love at first sight – for both of us.