Rihanna once so wisely said, “We found love in a hopeless place,” and it turns out she wasn’t wrong. Love isn’t necessarily something you encounter when everything is dandy.
Sometimes, if not most often, the most powerful love stories start in the most unexpected places, at the most unpredictable times. Even funerals aren’t off-limits. You can thank the people of Twitter for giving us some hope with their stories.
She Met Him At Funeral
“My grandma just asked me if I had a boyfriend and I was like ‘no’ and she was like ‘well I went to a random funeral because I was bored and that’s how I met your grandfather.'” —@Coll3enG / Twitter
See? Love can be found anywhere. Hit up your local mortician and see what you can find.
Just For Giggles
“My grandparents met in a bar. My grandpa walked up to my grandma and exchanged their hellos and after that he said ‘I am going to marry you’ and she basically said ‘aw screw it, let’s do it’ and they been married ever since then.” —@GOT7Rat / Twitter
Maybe our problem is that we overthink relationships and marriage when we should be a little more spontaneous.
Let’s Get These Priorities In Check
“My mom’s story is that when she was hosting her mother’s funeral, my dad’s mother walks right up to her and says ‘Honey, have I got a man for you.’ Not anything about condolences. Later on, their sisters (both friends) set the two up for a date.” —@CapeCrush / Twitter
Maybe that’s a little morbid, but it makes sense to focus on and prioritize those who are still alive.
A Quick Swap And Upgrade
“My grandma went on a date with my great uncle and the car broke down (which belonged to my other great uncle) and my grandpa pulled up and she left with him.” —@_elizabethkaye / Twitter
The woman clearly had no time to waste. While some of us stay with toxic partners for years, she had no problem upgrading when necessary, and it paid off.
Love At First Sound
“My grandmother used to sing at the balcony and my grandfather would hear her every day on his way back from uni so they fell in love and got married.” —@hobisupremacy / Twitter
If you binge-watched Love Is Blind On Netflix like the rest of us, then maybe this will restore your faith that attraction isn’t solely built on looks.
Putting Her Eggs In Three Baskets
“My grandma was dating two of my grandfather’s cousins but chose him instead. Also told him to propose cause she had other offers but would prefer him, he did almost immediately” —@vanteyvat / Twitter
Now we know that having “options” rather than committing to just one person precedes the world of Tinder, so we can stop blaming online dating.
Persistence Is Key
“My grandmother was standing on the corner waiting for a bus in the rain. My grandfather drove by her in his fancy car and splashed mud all over her dress. He stopped and offered to pay to clean her dress. She refused. He kept apologizing day after day, with flowers, etc. The rest is history.” —@fgdiii / Twitter
Maybe the key to love is a really good apology. Or pestering someone until they finally agree to date you.
An Affair Blossomed Into Love
“Two relatives of mine met when they discovered their then-spouses were having an affair with each other… they’ve been married now for upwards of 40 years.” —@epicdemiologist / Twitter
You truly never know what life has in store for you. So next time you get cheated on, consider going for that person’s partner.
Something About Them Bad Boys
“My grandparents met when my papa refused to give up his seat on the bus for her, which has to be my grandma’s villain origin story.” —@reddskyy_ / Twitter
The bad boy dilemma has existed for a long time. We hate them, but we want them, and yes, that means there’s probably something wrong with us, but we’re too far gone now.
If Sister Number One Doesn’t Work Out, Try Number Two
“My grandfather dated my grandmother’s older sister for a bit and it was not a love match. He started dating sister number two, and boom, they’ve been married 50 plus years.” —@GeneraLMcMil / Twitter
Maybe this can be added as the plot of the next Bridgerton season. Or we can just let it be a lesson for all: if you fail the first time, try again.
There Are Multiple Options
“My father actually came for my aunt but she didn’t want him so my grandmother said ‘wait—we have six more…what about this one?’ and pushed my mother forward. And the rest is history…” —@cultish613 / Twitter
Does this count as being second best? Or is she the best because technically the actual first one was rejected?
Time Was On His Side
“My grandpa asked my grandma in the second grade, and kept asking until she said yes.” —@shaneincorona / Twitter
Although this is meant to be romantic, how do you even know what you’re into in the second grade? This is borderline stalkerish and obsessive, but we’re glad it worked out.
Love Is Its Own Language
“My parents met at a family wedding where everyone was speaking Spanish and my mom thought my dad only spoke Spanish and so she struggled to speak with him for months until she finally found out that he spoke perfect English all along.” —@homebedcats/ Twitter
If he saw how much she was struggling, though, why didn’t he simply ask her if she spoke English instead right away?
Right People, Wrong Order
“My mom and dad were both dating other people. The four got talking and became friends. It soon became clear that the couples were the wrong way round.
“My parents got together and the other couple did too. Both lots got married and are still happy together now.” —@offcampusCal / Twitter
“Advertised For A Cow, And Got A Man”
“My grandmother, then a widow, placed an ad to find a 4H calf for her son. Liked the guy selling it and eventually married him. For decades, she explained the start of their relationship as ‘I advertised for a cow and got a man.'” —@engstrom_doug / Twitter
So, that’s another option. But did her son get the calf? We still have questions.
Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way
“My aunt Marion worked in a clothing factory producing army uniforms. She penned a short note, added her name and address, and slipped it into a breast pocket on a khaki shirt. A soldier replied they corresponded, and they were married for over 60 years.” —@artie_dalzell / Twitter
Did she do this to all of the shirts she made, or just that one?
A Happy Coincidence
“My grandma met my grandfather because she was sending letters to her distant cousin of the same name who happened to be in the same WWII battalion and they got mixed up. He begged her to keep writing because he had no other family. She decided not to become a nun.” —@SnglGirlTravels / Twitter
Funny how life derails your plans in the best ways sometimes.
A Debt That Can Never Be Repaid
“My grandmother met my grandfather because he helped smuggle her out of the country during WWII and they came to America” —@chaotiC_Messy / Twitter
Find you a man who is willing to risk his own life for yours. That’s the new standard.
Always Helpful To Have A Designated Driver
“My parents met at a navy party at my grandma’s house in San Diego and my dad just happened to be in port that night and his friends needed a designated driver. Their 30 year anniversary is in two months.” —@Coll3enG / Twitter
It turns out there are benefits to being the DD of the friend group.
You Snooze, You Lose
“My grandmother went on a date with the older brother. She wanted to go home, his younger brother took her. He ‘took’ her home for 55 years.” —@13doubleK / Twitter
We bet the older brother had some regrets later on, but the damage was already done