Valentine’s Day Love Stories 2022: How Patch Readers Met

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Valentine’s Day Love Stories 2022: How Patch Readers Met


Across the US – Dating sites and subsequent dating apps that debuted in the mid-1990s may have “gamified” how couples get together, but many of the people who shared their stories with Patch on Valentine’s Day met the traditional way .

For some, it was love at first sight. Everything else is fixed. Some people find love after rekindling childhood friendships.

Here are some of their stories:

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In Pearl River, New York, Patch reader Lisa Dixon met her husband six years ago on a dating website. After three months on the site, she took a break. When she checked the news a month later, she was intrigued by a man’s news, and she later learned that she lived not only in the same town, but on the same street.we

Before their official first date, she met his family—his daughter, his parents, his grandson.

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“We hit it off!” Dixon wrote on Facebook. “We’re very similar, we’ve grown up and we’re laughing at each other. We both knew that was the moment!”

Four days later, he brought it up with a ring in his hand.

“This is crazy, I thought,” she wrote, “but it either works or it doesn’t.”

Nine months later, they were married. This is their second marriage.

“We are the happiest we’ve ever been,” Dixon wrote.

They joked that they never fought — “not even,” Dixon wrote.

“We solve problems together, we love together, laugh together, and share the best life together,” she wrote. “I’m lucky to find my forever.”

Chat room romance blooms

Ray Hermann’s online dating story is clichéd.

He and his wife met in “AOL’s ’50s Love Chat,” Herman wrote on the Patch Facebook page in Toms River, NJ. They found out they graduated from the same high school a year apart, but didn’t know each other, only a few miles from each other, with Herman living in Toms River and his future wife in Brick.

They have been happily married for 22 years.

“She is my best friend,” he wrote. “When we finally met, there was a twinkle in her eyes and a smile that captured my heart.”

A favorite quote from Herman, an Amazon regular: “People always ask me where I got this or that, I reply online, I put everything online, even my beautiful wife.”

love on the dial

Glen Ellyn, Illinois, patch reader Kelly McCullough in the 1990s

“You call a number and answer questions about yourself. Like dating apps today,” she wrote on Facebook. “The computer gives you access to matching profile information, and you have the opportunity to leave a voicemail for anyone who matches.”

She browsed through a few messages, “decided to take a risk” and called one of her matches. Over the next few days, they spoke on the phone and then arranged a face-to-face meeting. They celebrated their 25th anniversary on February 8.

first kiss on opening night

MURIETA, Calif., Patch reader Amy Thomas met her husband during her senior year of high school and paired up while auditioning for “Arsenic and Old Lace” to read the part of the romantic lead.

“We were chosen as fiancées. We started dating the night before the play opened. Our first kiss was on stage in front of the audience,” Thomas wrote on Facebook. “We all forgot our lines and basically ruined that show.”

Seven years later, he considered it with the members of the marching band she conducted. After their championship performance, the band members unfurled a huge banner that read: “Will you marry me?”

Thirteen years later, they are still married and parents to three boys.

thumb ride

Katy Anderson Sahrand Her husband married at 20 after a blind date; they have been married for 52 years. He was a soldier, and her friend’s father picked him up when he hitchhiked back to the naval base in Quanset, Rhode Island, bought him dinner, and asked Sahr to take him around town.

“With the help of some friends, we headed to Boston. After a fun night of talking and sharing future plans, we took the subway back to my house,” Sahr wrote on the Patch Facebook page in Concord, New Hampshire. “The problem is , the subway is closed. With only a few bucks for a taxi, we got a driver to take us as close to my house as possible. We happily walked the last few miles home.”

When they got home in the early hours, her “concerned parents” and her friend’s father arranged the whole thing.

“I laugh it off now, but imagine how worried my parents were when they discovered the truth about hitchhiking at 2:00 a.m.,” she wrote. “It’s safe to say we survived and our relationship has grown, married at 20 and still married.”

love on capitol hill

Patch reader Justin Hansen of La Grange, Illinois, said his future wife Lindsay and several of her friends were “almost unaware” after visiting the House Speaker’s office in 2006.

It was his first day as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives, and it was a quiet day. Three women about his age approached, one with beautiful hazel almond-shaped eyes. He hadn’t been to the Capitol since a family holiday more than a decade ago, but when they asked for a tour, he replied: “Very confident, ‘Sure, no problem!’

“For the next 15 minutes or so, I showed these women around the Speaker’s office, literally making up everything as I went along – not knowing what I was talking about,” he wrote.

The beautiful-eyed woman smiled at him, gave him a hug, and said that she worked for the senator.

“Like an infatuated idiot, I didn’t ask Lindsay any information,” Herman wrote. “Not her last name, not her number, not her AIM screen name, nothing. Until she was gone, I just realized what I did.”

He spent the next year searching for her, but without success. The majority party changed dramatically in 2008, when his office moved to an office he would share with another person. It’s Lindsay.

“We were both amazed and thought about each other all year.”

He didn’t forget to get her contact information. He “appropriately asked her out,” he wrote. He got down on one knee and proposed to her in the Capitol Rotunda. They have been married for 12 years and have four children.

perfectly closed circle

Patch reader Kevin Hill of Levittown, Pennsylvania, met his wife in fifth grade. She and her sister are freshmen at the school. He was shy, “still a class clown,” and he made her laugh. They soon became friends.

“Her kindness and tender heart always shines brighter than everyone else,” Hill wrote on Facebook. “Even when I was a child, my affection for her grew.”

That year, they went through 9/11 together with the help of a teacher they both loved, Mr. C, whose dedication to his students was “as father and son,” Hill wrote. When her family moved across the state, they stayed until eighth grade. Between classes, he kissed her goodbye in their middle school yard.

“We are all crying,” he wrote. “MySpace wasn’t big, and she didn’t know her new address or phone number, so our relationship came to an end. Years passed and we found each other on Facebook. We started as friends again. Like we started from Didn’t miss a beat.”

They dated again seven years ago, got engaged in 2018 and married in 2020.

“Our son is now in Levittown and one of his teachers is Mr C, our fifth grade teacher many years ago,” he wrote, adding, “This is fantastic and I will do it all again. .”

They “meet” in the womb

You could say that when Mary-Theresa Delaney met her husband, they were both still in the womb. Her parents lived on the same street as her in-laws, and their mother was pregnant together and went to the doctor together.

In fact, Delaney wrote on the Patch Facebook page in Bel Air, Maryland, “His mother actually called my mother to take her to the hospital when she was in labor with him, but my mother was also coming, so She found another neighbor to drive my mother-in-law.”

Delaney and her future husband were born three days apart. Soon after, her future in-laws moved, but the mothers remained in touch. Once, during an interview, “my mother was very bold in asking my current husband if he had a girlfriend, because if he didn’t, I was free.”

They dated offsite for a year before she moved closer to him. This year is their 24th anniversary.

more love stories

Hauppauge, New York, patch reader Noreen Feliciano Hummel had been on dialysis three times a week while she waited for a new kidney for eight years when her second kidney transplant failed.

“The nurse who took care of me is now my husband,” she wrote. “I called him after my third transplant and we’ve been together ever since. 17 years together; 15 years married.”

Patch reader Tamara Klastky Epstein met her future husband in a third-grade Sunday school class in Cheshire, Connecticut. They lost touch in college, but reconnected before graduation when a mutual friend arranged for a Sunday school class reunion.

“We were the first couple to go through religious school and go on to marry,” she wrote, noting that 31 years later, they are still happily together.

Allison Finn could properly sing a Jell-O jingle on their anniversary. “I met my husband on a jelly wrestling night in high school,” she wrote on the Patch Facebook page in Berkeley, NJ. “He’s there with his friends.”

They were married four years later. “Together forever,” she wrote, adding the internet shorthand “lol.”

“When I tell people about the people we meet at the police station, they always think we’re in trouble,” Patch reader Margiela Cadio of Benning Beaumont, Calif., wrote on Facebook.

They were not held together. He is a police officer and she is a dispatcher.

“It took a while,” she wrote, “but after I made an April Fool’s joke to him about the cow on top of El Rancho, he decided he liked my personality and the rest is history. .”

In Puyallup, Wash., Patch reader Darice Gamache’s 32-year marriage had just ended in divorce when her friend “pulled” her out to listen to their favorite band.

“The lead singer asked if anyone was single because the base player was,” Gamache wrote. “I waved and at night my ‘friend’ teased me to ask for his number.

“Four years later, we’re still together,” Gamache wrote, “but the band isn’t.”

Lyndonhurst, New York, Patch reader Jay Deco first met his love, Frankie Soto, who let him down when they sent their kids to elementary school.

“I was going to help his kid cross the street because he just doubled the park and blocked traffic while he was watching,” Deco wrote. “I waved ‘hi’ and he gave me the finger. We’ve been in together.”

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