A quiet morning at Tie Rack in the south end of Heathrow’s Terminal 2 was turned upside down yesterday, when casual browser, Luke Tanner, 18, ‘found himself’ in the silk scarf section of the accessory-based store, putting an end to his Gap Year before it had even begun.
Tanner, was hours away from boarding a flight to Australia; a popular destination for ‘Gappers’ all over the world, when he experienced the life-changing event. ‘I was just killing time, really, waiting for my flight,’ he said. ‘Then it hit me! I thought it was going to happen walking along a beach at sunset or camping in the outback… But in Tie Rack!’
‘We’re very happy for him,’ said Lucy Jackson, shop assistant, and first to congratulate Tanner. ‘Airport stores are the last place you’d think people would find spiritual meaning and inner-peace, but it does happen. A lady ‘found herself’ outside the Starbucks in Terminal 3 a couple of weeks ago.’
A newly confident, mature and philosophically-reconciled Luke immediately rang home to inform his parents. ‘I’m so proud of him,’ Mrs Tanner told reporters, in learning that her son had found himself before even leaving the country. ‘I’d spoken to other mums, whose kids have been abroad a few times and come back just as spoilt, confused and screwed-up as they were when they left. I’m just relieved Luke didn’t have to waste all that money.’
Looking back on the incident, Tanner admitted he regretted not considering the outcome of sharing his good news, and was reportedly ‘a bit gutted’ that he’s no longer able to justify his expensive trip anymore. However, his search for deeper meaning in this life will continue next year, and he is already planning a trip to Clinton Cards in the Gatwick Village.