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“Cook’s assistant”

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I was working as a cook’s assistant at my college with the head cook one day. I had an off-day and burned 24 sheet pans of pizza, 4 sheet pans of potatoes and 3 huge steamer pans of vegetables. And he didn’t get mad. He panicked a little because we had 300 people coming for lunch, but didn’t say one negative thing to me and I thought, “This man would make a great husband.”

—Cindy

Postscript: I eventually did marry him, but as life changed me, I realized that he wasn’t what I wanted and ended it as nicely as I possibly could.

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“Food made music”

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She’d said good food made music inside her head, and sometimes when she ate something good she’d swing her fingers like an orchestra conductor’s wand. We had two friends over, one of whom had brought a pet dog. I saw her in the kitchen preparing a snack tray, and the dog went in to investigate. She popped a snack in her mouth and swung her fingers to the music. Then she popped a snack in the dog’s mouth and swung her fingers in front of the dog’s nose so he could hear the music.

—Mark

Postscript: We’ve been married 7 years now.

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“France”

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We started dating in October but I was leaving to study abroad in France in January. We eventually had “the talk” and he told me he wanted to stay together. I was touched that he didn’t want to break up or try to convince me to stay in the States. When he flew to visit me in March, I told him it was the single greatest gesture anyone had ever made. While he was visiting, he told me he loved me.

—MonPetitChou

Postscript: It’ll be two years this October and he’s still the man of my dreams.

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“Russian accent”

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I felt sorry for the one lonely fish in the aquarium of my dentist’s waiting room. The handsome guy sitting across from me saw my fleeting expression of pity for the fish and said (in a subtle Russian accent) “She’s sad, no?”

—Grace

Postscript: He asked me to marry him after the first time I beat him in a game of chess.

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“Shape of a heart”

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A guy I was dating emailed me a photo of his hands forming the shape of a heart while on a business trip in Asia.

—Amy

Postscript: I stupidly left the guy to go back to an ex-boyfriend, which I still regret.

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“Calvin and Hobbes”

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In college, I was a fan of the “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip and ate Honey Bunches of Oats cereal religiously. After dating a girl for only a couple of weeks, Valentine’s Day came around and she gave me a box of the cereal with “Calvin and Hobbes” strips taped over all over it.

—Aaron

Postscript: I never told her I loved her and proceeded to make several more bad decisions to eventually end it.

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“Brick”

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After my divorce, I had a hard time believing anyone would be interested in me. I started dating a new girl, but didn’t trust my instincts anymore. I confessed to her that I’d need someone to hit me with a brick that said “I LIKE YOU” for me to figure it out. On our six-month anniversary she gave me a brick with “I Love You” written in black Sharpie marker.

—Marc

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