“Runaway Train”

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On our second date we took in a Soul Asylum show at First Avenue in Minneapolis. He bought us beer with his fake ID. As we stood there immersed in the music, mouthing the words to every song and doing that weird head-bob thing, we’d look at one another, lock eyes and smile. I knew it was a life-defining relationship.


Postscript: I surprised him by planting a good, hard kiss on him after the show. We dated long-distance for a little more than three years. At 22, our lives went different directions. My heart still melts when I hear 90s alternative rock.

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“Thick and Thin (crust)”


He told me his favorite pizza was thin crust sausage with mushrooms. That’s my favorite too.


Postscript: Four years later, and we’re still together—through thick and thin.

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“Love in a Crockpot”

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We were opening Christmas presents. Knowing how much I love to cook, he thoughtfully got me a crock pot I had been eyeing for a couple months. Although it was a very sweet sentiment, I found it a little odd that he would get me a crock pot for Christmas, until he suggested we open it to make sure it was the size I had wanted, and I discovered the necklace he had hidden inside.


Postscript: A year and half and going strong, he is my match in every way and I haven’t taken my necklace off since! I even make him a nice meal in my crock pot every once in a while!

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“Best friend”


My best guy friend was in “love” with my best girlfriend, who treated him like sh*t. I was always telling him he deserved better. Eventually she pissed off, and me and him got closer. But I was still dating other people because I wasn’t sure how he felt, so I went on vacation to see my then-boyfriend. I spent the entire time talking to my best guy friend online while my boyfriend worked graveyard shifts and snorted cocaine. Needless to say, we broke up. I came back home and boom! Me and my best friend became completely inseparable. It took us a month to fall completely head over heels in love. We moved in together after three months and that’s how its been ever since.


Postscript: He’s my best friend, my lover and my soul mate. After 5 years of dating a**holes, I found my other half.

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“The Crane and Moonlight”

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We went to a resort on the beach for a weekend. We had dinner and then went out on a pier behind the restaraunt to see the water. The moon was full and there was a crane looking for fish in the moonlight. We both looked at each other and about the same time we confessed to each other that we were falling in love.


Postscript: We are both divorced from 20 year marriages and starting in “life part two” and enjoying every minute that we can together!!!

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He told me I was a penguin, “tiny, adorable and loved by everyone.”


Postscript: He moved across the country, went to college, and found another girl. But I still love him.

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“Freak You Out”

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I won an “argument” with him and he said my prize could be whatever I wanted. I left my ex that night and went on a date with him the next day. He took me to a park and held me. Then he kissed me. We met at work almost 4 years ago and had been working together in the office for a few months. We both knew that there had to be something between us. We took his kids to the park one day and he said, “I don’t want to freak you out, but I love you.” This was 2 weeks after our first date. Every time I was with him I couldn’t help but to stare at him because he is the most perfect man in the world. I still stare at him, almost a year later, in disbelief.


Postscript: Four months and 10 days after our first date, we got married at the courthouse. He makes me laugh like no one else. The passion, love, excitement, and butterflies that he still gives me are indescribable. The one-year anniversary of our first date is on April 11th.

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