One of the “tropes” often used in movies and romances is the “meet cute”–something that brings two people together and sparks the beginning of their romance.
I had my own “meet cute” in 1977.
I was in Mexico on a study abroad trip and had a ton of Spanish literature homework to get done. So when a friend offered to set me up on a blind date, I was hesitant to agree–especially when it involved someone I’d never met. Still I had only two weeks left before returning home, I decided to seize the moment and agreed to meet Raul, the friend of a fellow student’s boyfriend for a “pre-date” after class. But Raul didn’t show. My friend didn’t take his no-show lying down. She insisted we visit his house, but he wasn’t there either. Instead, I met his mom. When he got home, his mom told him he needed to meet me. He did show up to take me to the party my friend had planned, and we danced until late in the night. This led to a four-year, long-distance relationship—writing letters, talking on the phone, and visiting each other during school vacations. In 1981, we married. Thirty-seven years late, I’m so glad I said yes to the date!
What about you? Is there a “meet cute” in your past?