Cruise under the Hoan Bridge

I’m a fan of serendipity.

I saw this photograph a couple of weeks ago. I look at a lot of photos; this one stuck in my mind because that smile — a smile you can’t actually see, but one you can intuit from the merest glimpse of an eye.

Over the weekend I was packing away some old books, one of which was a collection of short stories by W. Somerset Maugham. As I thumbed through the book before banging it into a box, I saw this line, which I read and re-read several times because I found incredibly appealing:

She had a very agreeable smile; it did not light up her face suddenly, but seemed rather to suffuse it by degrees with charm. It hesitated for a moment about her lips and then slowly travelled to those great shining eyes of hers and there softly lingered.

This morning I realized it was my turn to write a Front Page. And I remembered the photograph and I almost remembered the line (I had to look it up to get it right). They fitted together perfectly. And my work was done.

This is why I’m a fan of serendipity.

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