Falling in Love

Here’s a question for you: Is there such a thing as falling in love with someone after only knowing him or her a short time?

If the stories in our family are any evidence–then I’d say yes.

Mom& Dad wedding 2Mom and Dad: My dad first laid eyes on my beautiful mom at the Cinderella Ballroom in Appleton in 1942. He asked her to dance and, while they were dancing, told her that he was going to marry her. Mom said she thought he was nuts–but three months later, they were married.

Jim and me: Jim told me that as soon as he asked me out the first time, he knew I was the one for him. On our second date, my father answered the door and asked Jim to wait in the living room. Then Dad took me upstairs and said, “When are you two getting married?” He had just seen Jim for the first time, and they hardly exchanged more than a few words between them. I thought Dad was nuts. But three months later, Jim and I were engaged, and five months after that, we married.

Okay, and I’ll confess. When Jim brought me home from that aforementioned second date, we sat in his car, mesmerized by each other and quietly talking for so long that the birds started singing their morning songs before I went inside. By that time, were Jim and I in love? Oh, yes.

So what do you think? Can a couple fall in love even though they’ve only known one another a short time? What’s your experience?

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2 thoughts on “Falling in Love

  1. Apparently your father knew what love looked like, as one who had been there. The question I would ask, and I’m sure the answer is “Yes”, are you still that in love and do you still stay up all night till the birds start singing? Very sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hi Mark! Unfortunately, Jim & I can no longer enjoy those long and loving conversations. He went to be with the Lord three years ago in January. But, as imperfect as we were, we remained in love all 47 years. And other than those times of disagreement every married couple must work through, I remained his “beauty,” and he remained “the man of my dreams.” Do I still love him? Absolutely! Always and forever…

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