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Did you fall in love at first sight with your spouse/partner?

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Last week, we asked readers how old they were when they first met their current spouse or partner. A full third of them were in their 20s, and another third in their 30s. The remaining third was older: about 4 percent of them were in their 60s, 70s or even 80s.

But how did these people fall in love? That’s what we want to know. Was it like in the movies, where one of them took one look at the other and thought, “That’s the person I want to live with the rest of my life”?

Or did it take a while for love to blossom?

We probably should have saved this question for Valentine’s Day, but we just couldn’t wait. We want to know! Please leave a comment. Tell us how you met your partner: We may want to follow up on this poll. We know some of you have wonderful stories to tell. So, go ahead, answer the poll, then put on your writer’s cap and tell us more.

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Sheri
3 months ago

We both worked at an aeronautical company in Burbank, CA. I saw him and knew immediately he was my Prince Charming for my life. Thank goodness he had strong feelings for me too after courting me several months.
I asked him out for our 1st date. He asked me to Marry him after we purchased our home together four years later. We took our honeymoon before our wedding in Maui, Hawaii. We had our Hawaiin Themed Wedding in our new home. We are Celebrating as of this year, 32 years of marriage & 37 years together. We are retired and each day is a new adventure for us in Love, Life together and traveling.

Jules
3 months ago

I answered “no”. I answered his personal ad in the Seattle Weekly Magazine 30 years ago (way before internet dating). It took 2 months of dating to figure out we liked each other a lot 🙂

Gary G
3 months ago

We met in a class for writing at LCC in Eugene, Oregon, 1969. Professor said the boys should take the girls to a community play, come August 20 been married 52 years, helps to marry someone who likes the same things. Although that can get us in trouble occasionally.

Dave A
3 months ago

We met on Halloween Day, Instant connection the moment our eyes met, We married 30 Days Later and have been together 41 years.

Ron N
3 months ago

I met my wife in jail…………. OK she worked there and I was picking up inmates to transport them to other jails. It must have appeared that I was hungry. She offered me potato soup, which I took. Made a comment to a friend that I met the one. My wife told me if she knew that I made that comment she would have made me work harder to get her…LOL…We have been married for over 32 years and still going strong.

Snayte
3 months ago

I was working as a telephone installer for the USAF and installed the phone in her office. Loved her from the moment I saw her and 32 years later still feel the same every time I see her.

Cathi
3 months ago

It wasn’t love at first sight, but it was a real attraction. 53 years later we are still attracted and richly in love.

Dan A
3 months ago

It took a couple of weeks. We met in Great Lakes, Service School Command Propulsion Engineering A school. After doing things together for 2 weeks I ‘kind of’ proposed. 3 1/2 months later, on July 30th we got married. We celebrated our 47th anniversary this year.

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EdH
3 months ago

Literally the first time I saw my wife, I felt I needed to get to know this person. I had never felt that before. I had been attracted to others, sure. But this was something different, something stronger. I can’t explain it, but we got married 15 months later. We were both 32. And that was 27 years ago this month. We had planned a trip to Germany for our 25th anniversary in 2020. We rescheduled it and are leaving in 2 weeks!

Wouldn’t change anything.

Donald N Wright
3 months ago

Nope, I was introduced to her when she was eighteen, and married her at twenty one. I never dated anyone else after I met her. Tall women are easy to see, but single tall women are hard to find.

Sweden\'Texas
3 months ago

I met the love of my life by accident, at 19 years old I landed in a hospital full of student nurses. A pretty 19 year old, student girl took care of me, we got along so well that by the time I recovered, she introduced me to her parents. We got married two years later, and were married for 56 years, until her death in 2020.

Ron COLE
3 months ago

Three Months from First Date To Marrage. Lasted 60 wonderful years until her passing. Not a single bad day.

Jeffrey Williams
3 months ago

I met my wife 13 April 1974. I asked her to marry me on 21 April 1974. We got married 25 April 1974. We have been married for over 48 Years. So, Love at first sight.

rvgrandma
3 months ago

Met May 5, 1971 when he got out of the Navy. We were married May 16, 1971. It lasted until his death in 10/23/2020.

Norman Eichelberger
3 months ago

I was discharged from the USAF on April 1, 1974. While in the service, all my buddies got married and were raising families. On July 4th with nothing to do I went to my grandparents. Their house was on a lake and we were sitting on the dock when a girl walks out on the next dock over. I introduced myself and we went to the movies that night. Fast Forward: September 20, 1974. 2 months and 16 days later we married. Bought our 1st RV, a 5th wheel, in 2018. Started to make plans to see the world (at least what we could see in our RV.) Thanksgiving 2020 she is diagnosed with throat cancer. By the time they got the throat cancer it had moved to the lungs. She passed May 12, 2022. God knew what He was doing when he put us together. So yes, I do believe in love at first sight.

Diane M
3 months ago

I think it was for him, but it took a while for me. First I had to trust, respect, and admire him. 46 years later, it worked out well.

Alan
3 months ago

We met gambling in jail.
Actually, we were in the Air Force studying for promotion testing. When it came time for a break, we all trooped over to the nearest Coke machine, which was in the next building — the brig. She was in line, cute as could be. I struck up a conversation. We flipped coins to see who would buy drinks. She lost, but I eventually won her heart. We got married and had 51 years together. Good times!

KellyR
3 months ago

Sixty years ago we moved to a new town. My brother and I were exploring the new town on our bicycles. We noticed two girls following us on their bicycles. Long story short – she chased me for nine years before I caught her. She woke her father after coming home late one night to show him her engagement ring. He said: “It’s about time.” . and rolled over and went back to sleep. She still chases me but not too fast or too far.

Karen Bates
3 months ago

The first time I met my husband was just a casual meeting. But I could not stop thinking about him. When I saw him again, 7 months later, and we spent some time together, I knew he was the one! We were married 6 months later and have been married 30 years!!

Colin Flagg
3 months ago

NO. We moved in together after dinner that night. We have been together now 50 years.