I didn’t pay much attention to them at first. I was waiting to pick up my to-go order and checking out my phone. But then I caught these lighted shoes out the corner of my eye.
Ironman-red lighted sneaks.
After I finally managed to look beyond the shoes, I had to check out who they belonged to. Older, a little chubby, glasses, sweater vest, (and did I mention) lighted sneakers...he was sort of a lovable nerdy dude. A grown up in kids’ shoes.
But then I noticed his expression. Followed by his body language. He was attentive to the point of insulation and oblivion to the rest of the world. He leaned in and laughed constantly. The only thing more joyful than his demeanor was the light in his eyes. His eyes danced.
I moved my attention to his companion. I couldn’t see her face, but her gestures, laughter and body language mirrored his.
It dawned on me that I was witnessing new love on a lunch date. I knew they weren’t a long-established couple because it wasn’t comfortably familiar or easy. There was too much giddiness and nervous excitement. No wonder his shoes were glowing without the need for motion-detection. It was adorable.
I don’t know a thing about these two, but I do know that if every person had someone look at them the way that guy looked at her, the world would be a much happier place. He made me laugh at first, but it really warmed my heart.