I agree with Coaster. The "idea" of being in love with someone is oftentimes the issue rather than the REALITY of being in a relationship with that particular person.
The perfect storybook thing happened to hubby/me though. Our LIVES aren't perfect... just the way we "came to be" is perfect! LOL
Our first meeting was in 1971/THIRD GRADE
- the very idea that we actually REMEMBER that day is a miracle since we're 45 now!
We were buddies all through school.
We were pals all through elementary/junior high school. I remember him asking me if I wanted to join the HS band in 8th grade. It was ALL a wonderful experience. There was probably 6-7 of us that always ended up meeting at the fair, the movies, you name it - somehow ALL of us just always ended up being together. None of us thought anything about it. We were all just buddies.
I guess something CHANGED because he and another friend - OUT OF THE BLUE - asked if a friend and I wanted to go to a movie... TOGETHER. YIKES, this was a DATE. The four of us went out and it was completely weird. In fact, the other girl and I didn't really know which guy was our date!! LOL! Just kinda strange. We didn't figure it out until the OTHER one of them opened the car door for my friend.
That was in 1979.
Very long story, sorry!!! We dated through high school, decided to call it quits our freshman year of college because we went to different universities on opposite sides of the state. Both of us did our own thing for a few years and on the night of my little brother's HS graduation we met up again. My family LEFT without me at the stadium! This was WAY before cell phones, so I was climbing the bleachers trying to get to the office so I could call someone to come get me! When I got to the top of the stadium, there he was.
Apparently, his mom "mentioned" to him a few days beforehand that she saw my brother's name in the paper... he was graduating... I bet ***** will be in town..... HINT HINT HINT.
And the rest is history.
Sorry for the long story, but as imperfect as LIFE is - I'm very blessed that we were brought back full circle to one another.
***OH.... one other happily married couple came out of our circle of friends!!