I'll share two, both so very different - the latter you'll call LOVE I assume, and it probably was, but it was a single moment I will never forget and doubt I'll ever experience. But first.
In Lakehurst, my old home town of 48 years, I kept a canoe parked up on land at a friends house. I loved going out late at night (which was 10pm to me as a teen then) and fish for bullhead catfish.
One very starry night, I sat there, nothing happening - not even a cricket or a frog to fill the nightscape - I laid back so that I was perfectly looking straight up and I focused softly at a spot directly above.
I could see everything across the water in 360 degrees view at all 190+ peripherial angle we humans have (we can and do see beyond 180 because our eyes fish outwards just enough) I could see not only all the distant trees, but right to the roads and trails, it was like the greatest IMAX screen in the world.
I just laid there, I bet over 5 minutes, I don't know if I even blinked until a meteor flashed across the sky off to one side - it snapped me back, but I know that was one of those Colorado Rocky Mountain High moments John Denver spoke about - where you just get absorbed about the magnificent of all there is out there, the endless beauty we see on Earth and in the sky.
Then my love story. My wife Tracey and I met through an old girlfriend of mine, this was around the time my brother died in 1984, things got rough after that with the XGF, so we went our separate ways, but Tracey was the kindest person I had ever met, I didn't want to lose her friendship because of this split up. She promised to stay friends.
Over the next 6 months we'd go see movies together, stop at Friendly's for a burger and fries, not too much else and we never as much as held hands, maybe a buddy hug or two (that's me, she's not the overly huggy type - at least not then) and then "that" night happened.
Our County fair had opened, we decided to go and it was getting toward evening and the lights came on throughout the entire fair, nearly all at once. We were just to board the swing ride, but couldn't get two seats next to each other, so Tracey sat directly in a seat a head of me.
The music on the swing ride started to kaliopy away, the swing raised up and started to turn, tossing us outwards and I just sat there looking at Tracey's long wavy blond hair, and looking at her sitting there was the only thing I could see, everything else was a blurry of lights from the ride moving so fast as she was froze in my sight.
I just watched her, and as if she felt me looking, she swung her head back in a innocent and beautiful smile that melted my heart. For just those few minutes on that swing, I knew destiny had changed for me. I said nothing unusual until as we walked toward the car and I saw in front of us, formed from the shadows from two streetlights shining behind us, casting our shadows which formed a broken heart shape on the asphalt - I got up my nerve then, as if it were my cue and reached out and grabbed her hand, pulling her closer to me and the broken space disappeared and a complete heart shadow appeared before us along that dark pavement.
I asked her out that night, she seemed a bit taken back, I wasn't sure what that meant - so she went home, not immediately answering me - I was a bit crushed at not getting any answer, good or bad.
I was pumping gas at that time and a coworker called me to the phone, it was Tracey, she had the same thoughts lastnight that I did, but was shocked that this "all came together" so quickly - she told me on the phone that morning she'd love to go out with me and we have been together 25 years this year. But as clearly as her hair and her smile mesmerized me with that blur of lights at the fair, I still see her in my mind's eye, that young and that beautiful today.
I think we all experience things that give us a reality check that we are part of the natural, not just living day to day, but meant to enjoy this gift - it is a shame so many of us have so few GREAT miraculous moments that blow our minds. I agree, we all have moments which I heard a TV Preacher called "God winking at us!" nothing Earth Shaking, just a reality check that we are bigger than we feel we are at times, and I think headed for greatness once we shed this aging broken down shell we are stuck in for so many decades.