Zoë Folbigg is an author and journalist from Hertfordshire, England.
She is also a woman who made oogley eyes with her “Train Man” for a year and more to the point, married him.
So how did this love story begin?
(Warning: if you already have unrealistic expectation of love, do not read this. It will only make them larger than life.)
In an interview with This Morning, Zoë says she spotted the handsome stranger on her daily commute to her job working as a writer at a teen magazine. She would notice him every day.
She observed him reading books on the morning commute; books she had in fact previously read.
This would most likely mean that her crush was doubling on the daily, no doubt.
They didn’t speak but she called him ‘Train Man’ and would speak about him.
She told friends and colleagues about him for a whole year.
There was no progress until her birthday in 2004, when she decided to pass him a note as they got off the train.
“It’s my birthday and I think everyone should do something frivolous on their birthday and this is my thing.
“I think you look lovely. If you would like to go for a drink here’s is my email address. If not, happy travels and I’ll leave you in solitude.”
He replied to her email address, saying:
“Thank you. It was a lovely thing to do. I’d never have the guts to do something like that but unfortunately I have a girlfriend and I don’t think she’d like it if we went for a drink. Happy birthday, hope you have a nice day.”
But hope wasn’t lost.
Eight months later the now-single Train Man sent another email wondering if she still fancied a drink.
They met up. Discovered they were a perfect match. And the rest is history.
Three months later they moved in together. Three years later they became engaged in Australia.
On their 12th anniversary, she wrote, “twelve years since our first date, 12 years smitten (OK, 13.5 for me).”
They now have two boys and Zoë has written three books – ‘The Note,’ ‘The Distance’ and ‘The Postcard” – with another book baby on the way.
She is also an avid macaroon baker according to her instagram.
Their story is one for the ages and proves that a moment of bravery may be the key to you living your best, romantic, lovely life.