This week, I set the topic for my Romance Writers Weekly colleagues:
Our oldest daughter is getting married this summer, and our second daughter next year, which has me thinking about how people meet and fall in love. Share your favourite story. It could be you and your spouse, your parents, friends or family.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that one of the reasons I started writing romance was because I love to hear how people met. If you can dream it, it probably happened!
My husband and I met at work. This isn’t exactly the most unlikely of places, of course. What some of you will be surprised to learn, though, is that we are still working together more than 30 years later. Our jobs have changed over the years, but we are both with the same company, and we have worked very closely that whole time. We were joking recently that, when we retire, we’ll probably end up spending LESS time together!
My second daughter met her fiancé through mutual friends, and our first daughter met hers in—get this—kindergarten. That was in the days when school’s had morning and afternoon classes for kindergarten, and they weren’t in the same session, but the groups did get together once in a while. But from Grade One on they were together throughout school, and started dating on Prom Night of their Grade Twelve year.
My parents-in-law are from the same tiny village on the Portuguese island of São Miguel. They knew of each other, of course, but my favourite story of their courtship is that my father-in-law would show off by throwing rocks at chickens as my mother-in-law walked past. I guess he was displaying his hunter/gatherer skills!
In the writing world, when two characters first interact, especially in a romantic comedy, it is called a “meet-cute.” One of my favourite meet-cutes is Sheldon and Amy from The Big Bang Theory. It was a blind date, and things were not going well until they both ordered “tepid water” at the coffee shop. Obviously a match made in heaven!
Do you have a favourite story about two people meeting—in real life or fiction? I’d love to hear it! Then be sure to hop over to Leslie Hachtel for her take on this topic!