Six weeks might seem like a small window of opportunity, but it was just enough time for TTC bus driver Peter Idzik to find the love of his life.
The 30-year-old High Park area resident was on a six-week stint driving the 112 West Mall bus in Etobicoke at the tail end of summer in 2015 when it happened.
The first morning Etobicoke’s Alex Day, 26, boarded his bus, he had missed her stop by about 100 feet. But she wasn’t mad when she caught up and got on.
The next day, he missed her stop again.
“She just smiled at me,” Idzik recalled.
The third day, it happened again, and Idzik thought he was going to get an earful.
“She just gave me the nicest smile you can imagine,” Idzik said. “That’s why I liked her. She just had a good heart about it.”
For Day, who was getting on at about 7 a.m. on her way to work, it was just too early to be angry, and she was happy to get on the bus.
“I had bus drivers blow by and not stop. I was grateful he did stop,” she said.
That third missed stop also got the two talking, which became a regular occurrence for them.
One day, Day wasn’t taking the bus, and Idzik stopped the bus at the stop — expecting her to hop on — but she never came.
“I was waiting there for her, but she wasn’t coming, so I drove off. When I got to the last stop, a lady comes up to me and says, ‘I hope you get her number,’” Idzik said.
He did and that October they started dating. By July 2016, the pair was engaged and are now planning their wedding this summer.
“I never thought this could happen. After this, I’m a big believer in fate,” Idzik said.
“I definitely didn’t expect to meet anyone on the bus, let alone the driver,” Day added.
Since the pair met, Idzik returned to driving route 112 just one more time; but, by that time, the two were already engaged.