When I was single – and especially when I was single and young – I remember this feeling of endless possibility when it came to romance. You could meet someone anywhere! The airport, your new job, the dentist, your hottie doctor, you literally never knew.
The older I got the more I realized it took something extra to find something that actually worked, but hey. It was fun to dream while it lasted – and for these 10 people, unexpected romance found them and was the perfect happy ending!
10. When it’s right, the timing doesn’t matter.
You just have to be open to the possibilities!
In a park at a bluegrass show when it was 30 degrees outside because this is Nashville and the show must go on. Both of us going through divorces, neither of us remotely interested. 4 yrs later on the same weekend in the same spot, I married him.
— Your CCPA "Do Not Sell" Link is inconspicuous (@tara_aaron) July 24, 2021
9. The mall! Spencer’s gifts!
Y’all my GenX heart is just so happy right now.
Like all early 90s teens, we met at the mall. We were 16. I worked at the mug cart, him Spencer Gifts. Been together 30 years, both professors now. pic.twitter.com/Y3alcVHgz2
— Melanie Sage she/her 💻👨👧👦 (@melaniesage) July 25, 2021
8. And right then he knew.
Like a good peach.
First grade, she was in fourth, on playground heard “hey you catch me.” Looked up and she jumped off a piece of playground equipment we called a cheese tower and landed on me.
— Shannon Parker (@Shannon51283) July 24, 2021
7. That is an old school Dairy Queen.
I 100% approve.
Dairy Queen! I worked there, and his band practiced across the street and would come over for ice cream after practice. We took wedding photos there years later. pic.twitter.com/JJ21JMFCoF
— Kerry (@krryhgn) July 24, 2021
6. I could not love this more.
Best of luck to them in the years to come.
We attended the same drug & alcohol rehab a year apart (he went 1st). My roommate in there had gone through the year before with his group & introduced us. We broke the cardinal rule of no relationships in the 1st year of recovery 😬🤣.
We’ve been married since 2001, 3 kids 💕💕
— Colleen BoosterBooked🥳🙌🏻🎅🏻🧑🏻🎄 (@Colleenmom3) July 23, 2021
5. A means to an end…
but it turned out to be the start of forever!
At a goth-industrial night club
Bauhaus was playing and my ex-girlfriend walked in, so I decided to look really involved with the first hot girl I could strike up a conversation with…
23 years later and I’m not done with that conversation 🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/LPCPCvyXqt
— J-Sun (@ThebanMonk) July 24, 2021
4. How convenient!
I’d say he knew what he wanted.
I did an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires. 1st day on the job, he was the local IT guy who set up my computer. I knew no one, so I asked if I could hang with him and his friends that weekend. All his friends were “out of town” that weekend, so we went out just us.
— Oscar Carboni (@livewithoscar_) July 25, 2021
3. An instinctual pull.
Man, those were absolutely the best nights.
This is so off brand for these days but…
I was out dancing with friends. He wouldn't stop staring at me. There was something about him I couldn't ignore either so, I walked up and I kissed him.
On the 7th of July this year, we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.
— MadonnaJen (@madonnajen) July 24, 2021
2. A bookstore romance!
This is my dream come true.
My husband and I met in 1999 at the (now long defunct) Borders Bookstore at the intersection of Diversey, Clark & Broadway in Chicago. Fittingly, we met in front of the “New Releases” section. We went back to where we met at Borders to take pictures on our wedding day in 2002. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MxnGc8iv0X
— Sonya Olds Som (she/her/hers) (@SonyaOldsSom) July 24, 2021
1. A meet-cute worthy of a Norah Ephron movie.
And that is like the highest compliment I could give anything.
We both wrote blogs on the old MSN Spaces and had mutuals that began chatting rooms. He told them “I don’t like her. She’s arrogant.”
When I found out he said that I told him he mispronounced “confident”. We’ve been together 14 years.
— Kelly Wickham Hurst (@mochamomma) July 24, 2021
Don’t you love reading stories like these? Of course you do! Everyone loves love!
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