The universe has a funny way of working in my life, especially the last 48 hours. I’ve been thinking quite a bit about CEO, for various reasons which I won’t get into here. Suffice to say, I really tried to put those thoughts aside and focus on my family today.
But the universe…had other plans.
As I walked out of a bathroom this evening, I came face to face (and shoulder to shoulder) with CEO’s wife. Yep, this is now the second time I have seen her actually.
I froze, while Vivian kept pace to exit the restrooms accordingly. She noticed I hadn’t moved a step and said, “Mom, come on. Let’s go.” I just stood there, while I watched his wife wash her hands, oblivious to who was standing behind her. A minute passed and I finally walked outside, joining the mayhem of New Orleans Square.
Only it’s not the one you’re thinking.
I quickly walked over to my husband and told him what happened. And within a minute, she walked out of the bathrooms and right behind my husband. I stared, frozen again, as she gingerly made her way through the outdoor dining area.
I turned to my husband again and said, “I need to know if he is here. I will be right back.” As I walked the perimeter of the restaurant, I felt Zane’s tiny hand clasp into mine. And then I saw her back, sitting at a table with what appeared to be CEO.
I immediately walked away and back to my husband, only to nod ‘yes’ at his inquisitive eyes. Three minutes later, she walked through the restaurant again only this time, CEO was trailing behind her.
He had his eyes firmly planted on the ground. He didn’t see me, despite walking right behind my husband. We were less than five feet from each other, but surrounded by the public at large. To be honest, he looked miserable. Not the CEO I knew.
The entire situation felt like an out of body experience. My husband has asked many times, “What would you do if you ever saw him?” And each time I’ve said, “I don’t know. Depends which day you ask me that question.” But in that moment, I did nothing…
Very surreal and not what you expect to happen at the Happiest Place on Earth.