I love to hear how people meet their mates. Was the meeting by coincidence? Or by design?
Some of the stories I have heard include meeting through a common interest. Introduction by a friend or a relative or an online matchmaking service is often a means.
Attending the same school also brings people together.
That was how Maryann met Eldon.
Maryann went to college in the 'forties. As a new freshman, she attended a dance, in those days known as a "mixer."
"I wasn't going to go," she said, "but my roommate talked me into it. The dance hadn't been underway very long when the bandleader stepped to the mic and told all the men to line up on one side of the room and all the women on the other. I couldn't imagine what that was for, but then he told us women to take off one of our shoes and toss it across the room to the men. Each man was to capture a shoe and find its owner for the next dance.
"I was wearing a new pair of high heels, red with ribbon bows. I didn't really want to part with one of them but to be a good sport, I pulled off one and gave it a good toss.
"The place got pretty crazy with the men scrambling first for a shoe and then to find its owner. People were pairing up and dancing, and I was still standing there waiting. I began to worry. Maybe my shoe landed in a corner and no one found it.
"Then I spotted a man holding my shoe aloft and searching the crowd. "Over here!" I called and waved.
"'I found you at last,' he said when he reached my side. 'Now we'll see if this glass slipper fits.'
"I stuck out my foot for him to put on the shoe. 'Okay, Cinderella,' he said with a twinkle in his eye, 'let's dance.'
"And we did, for the rest of the evening and for years after that. We've had a wonderful life together. I'm so glad I went to that dance!"
Do you have a first meeting story to share?