04/15/2013 02:30 pm ET | Updated Jun 15, 2013

Steven: Los Angeles, Nov. 19, 2007


It's a busy pre-Thanksgiving evening in Whole Foods. Steven is standing on a crate, organizing the pasta shelves. He looks my way as I enter the aisle.

"How're you doing?" he greets.

"Fine thanks."

"Can I help you find anything?" he asks.

"How 'bout the meaning of life?" I reply.

Without hesitation, he tells me, "That's two aisles over, middle shelf, in a small can!"

"Great, thank you! ... May I make a photo of you?"

"Of course." He beams.

I tell him how I like to document moments of life's richness, such as this. "It's around us every day," I say.

"I agree," he says, stepping off the crate to help another customer. I walk out among fellow shoppers, past the dairy section to the second aisle over and, sure enough, it's here.

Follow up: Steven and I are good friends. We stay in touch and keep each other posted on our lives and families.

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