A Lock of Love

April 21, 2011

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People might think I am completely insane after reading this blog post, but it doesn’t matter. This is how I think and feel. What can I say…I’m a hopeless romantic who still believes in analog love.The other day my friend Adam and I were cowering outside along the Seine River. As the shade started moving we migrated to the other side of the river. As we crossed the Pont de l’Archevêché I saw a bunch of locks on the bridge’s railing. At first I thought they were locks newly weds put there, but my friends Amy and Vivian later told me that visitors put the lock there as a sign, promising the city of Paris that they will one day return.

I thought it was a wonderful idea. It made me ponder about when these people will return to fulfill their promise. Never? Next year? Next week? I loved the idea and wanted to do the same thing. Obviously, I’m not married, but I still wanted to do it. I walked down to the nearby shopping center at my apartment and bought a lock.On the lock I wrote “April 21, 2011: David Hoang + _____________.” I left a little note for her (whoever she is) on the back…On the 13th panel on the North side of Pont de l’Archevêché, you’ll find my lock.

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I’m not going to dictate things in my life that I cannot control, but if I ever fall in love and get married, I will give her the key to my lock and we will return to Paris to bring it back. If I do get married someday, I want to give her the key, take her to Paris so we can retrieve the lock which contains my heart. I put the key around my necklace and will now wear it with me, wherever I go in the world.My good friend once described me to someone: “David is madly in love…even when there isn’t someone in his life.” For the longest time I didn’t know what that meant, but after spending time in Paris, I’m starting to understand. I am in love, but I don’t know who she is. I’m in love with the idea that she is out there somewhere and one day our lives will converge.I can’t help myself. I am a hopeless romantic who is hopeful. I’m probably the only person in this world who still believes in faith, hope + love (charity).I hope one day I find you. When I do, we will go to Paris, the city in the bubble…La Ville-Lumière.