Whenever I’m introduced to couples, I always ask, “How did you meet?” I’m fascinated by the random circumstances that bring people together and result in them remaining together for years, or even a lifetime. Often, the stories remind me of a “meet-cute,” which is a Hollywood term for how a couple stumble upon each other in an amusing or entertaining way. It’s also used in romance fiction.
One of our former employees, Chris, stopped by the bookstore to say hello on Saturday. I remember many a time where Chris and I discussed his desire to meet the girl of his dreams and how the young ladies he went out with always seemed to fall short of his expectations. “Just give it time,” I said. “When you meet the right girl, you’ll know it.”
““How will I know?” he asked.
I smiled. “It just happens when you’re not looking for it, and usually in an unusual, unexpected way.”
Chris sighed. “Any other advice?”
““Yeah, choose someone you can be friends with, because if you plan to keep her, you want to make sure you can have fun. Marriage is for a very long time.”
On Saturday, Chris brought a young lady with him to the bookstore and introduced her as his fiancee, Rachel. I observed them only for a few minutes before I decided she was the one for Chris. Whatever he gave out, she gave back–yet always with a smile. It was like watching one of those screwball, romantic comedies with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
““So, how did you meet?” I asked.
They cut their toward each other and giggled.
““We met on Black Friday,” Rachel began, which is a bit of overheard dialogue guaranteed to grab my attention. “I had decided I needed to buy a television.”
““I was in the checkout line behind her and we started talking,” Chris added.
““And then he offered to hold my T.V.–”
““And we exchanged numbers–”
““And he called me a few days later.”
Rachel sighed. ”“I wasn’t interested in dating anyone, but I thought he’d make a good friend,” she said. “But after we talked on the phone, I thought, I really like him; I think I’ll date him instead.”
And the rest is history.
Do you have a meet-cute story? If so, please share in the comments.