Friday, October 8, 2010

My Three Favorite Love Stories

I have three favorite love stories. They’re all true, of course. They’re always better if they’re true. But these three are so great they almost seem like fiction. I honestly couldn’t have made them up this magical. The first, of course, is mine. You can read one tiny (but exciting) part of it here.

The second is my friend Rosie’s. I swoon whenever I think of it! Rosie and Ford met online and found an immediate connection, with so much in common...but before they could exchange any contact information, or even their real names, the clock struck midnight and her account expired! It appeared that this Cinderella and Prince Charming would never meet. But Rosie is the host of Afternoon Classics on KBYU-FM. Ford enjoys classical music and tuned into the station...and literally fell in love with the sound of her voice! (See, I told youswoon!) He heard her name, wondered if she were the woman he’d met online (she was!), and contacted her through the radio station. They were destined to be together!

The third belongs to a sweet, elderly couple in the house next door. He was a cowboy...and then a soldier in World War II. He fought on Utah Beach, and at the Battle of the Bulge. He helped liberate a small village in France. And met a lovely young lady there named Micheline. Something about this beautiful French girl must have struck him to the core, because not long after the war ended, he returned to France, and asked her to marry him! She said yes, and they traveled all over Europe together before settling down...in the house next door! Their story is so knight-in-shining-armor for me: The conquering hero frees the village and rescues the fair maiden and they ride off in the sunset together. So romantic!

Sadly, my knight-in-shining-armor next-door neighbor (everyone should have one!) passed away over the weekend. He is deeply missed. But the good news is, this dear little man is finally reunited with his beautiful Micheline, who died a few years earlier. This time he’s crossed more than an ocean to be with her, and they’re headed for an honest-to-goodness happily ever after!

I'd love to hear one of your favorite love stories.

p.s. I know I've been away forever. I haven't posted for over four months. But coming up soon...the big reason why! Stay tuned.

21 comments:

L.T. Elliot said...

Oh those WERE beautiful love stories! I'm sorry to hear about your neighbor passing but glad to know that he's reunited with his love. =]

Love your love story. The two of you stopping traffic! You wildies!

L.T. Elliot said...

p.s. So happy to "see" you!

LisAway said...

First of all: SO HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU!! (and can't wait for the explanation)

Rosie's story needs to be made into a movie.

No wait, the neighbor's story needs to be made into a movie! That is so extremely romantic and heroic and all things fairy tale. But with real-life drama and tragedy (war) thrown in. I would definitely watch that movie.

deb said...

what a joy to wake up to such love this morning
these stories inspire.

looking forward to the big news.

and thrilled that you posted, Charette !

Kristina P. said...

Sorry about your neighbor!

I think my favorite love story is Edward and Bella. Really, a timeless tale of love, stalking, and sparkly nipples.

Heather of the EO said...

I LOVE LOVE these stories. Blows my mind, really.

And I love that you posted.

And sadly I don't know of any crazy wow love stories that are real...I'll have to think on this.

Jessica said...

These just made my morning brighter! And even more so to see a new post from you! You've been missed!

Barbaloot said...

What beautiful stories:) I don't really have a favorite love story. Guess I'll just keep waiting till I have my own:)

The Mom said...

Oh, those are all such beautiful love stories! But I think the best love stories are those that last.

http://tacpaskett.blogspot.com/2010/04/true-love.html

val of the south said...

Welcome back!!

Great love stories! I agree with The Mom - the best ones are the ones that last!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

So fun to "hear your voice" again. My favorite love story is my own, but I'll try to overlook that fact that no one rescued any villagers or anything.

I think you actually read mine when I posted it last year:

http://diapersanddivinity.com/2009/08/14/love-story-chapter-1-the-breakup/

Mrs4444 said...

Love these stories. I just might have to write about my own!

DeNae said...

So lovely to have you back, my darling friend. Think of you every day. Thanks for sharing these stories.

InkMom said...

I did a little dance when I saw your blog pop up in my reader. Yay! Charrette!

I love Irving Berlin's love story. (Posted about it last year, and I think you read it already, so I won't link.)

I also love the story of Robert and Clara Schumann. It seems I have a penchant for love stories that face great opposition from parents, because the Schumanns had to sue her father to get permission to marry. Good stuff.

That kiss -- that was something else! And I have to say it was strange to look at the comments and realize that people actually blogged before I existed in this world. Oct. 2008 was my first blog post, and it was so strange to read things that people who I know now in blogland wrote. As if knowing me were, I don't know, a requirement for witty commenting? Yeah. Not really. I can't figure myself out here -- I don't know why it seemed so strange to think that this world existed before I entered it. How's that for self-centered?!?

Anyway, glad you're back. Can't wait to hear why you were gone for so long!

Kazzy said...

My great-grandfather courted my great-grandmother for a year through her bedroom window, until her father let him enter the house. I think that is pretty romantic.

Kimberly said...

Some passings are only sad because of how they affect us, aren't they? How sweet to think of his reunion with his sweetheart. And I just LOVE Rosie and Ford's story!

But even more, I love yours. Because it's a big part of your happy. =)

Sandy M. said...

I think my favourite love stories are those that last for a long time into the future.. :)
I remember hearing (the woman was talking on Oprah, I think?) about a couple who connected on the net, finally decided to exchange personal information (thinking that they might easily be in the other side of the world from one another), and were excited to learn that they both lived in North America. In the same state. In the same city! On the same street.. in the same building.. on the same floor!! They walked into the hallway and met each other halfway by walking around a corner. Then got married, and started a blissfully happy family! :) That's a hard one to top, isn't it?
You also can't help but consider that, like life itself, there is clearly more meaning and less chance to much of our lives than can be consistent with unknowing happenstance...

Welcome back!

xo

Luann said...

I'm sitting here in my PJs sobbing (and swooning) at the romance and beauty of these stories! I especially have a soft spot in my heart for WWII stories, so that third one really gets to me.

Luisa Perkins said...

These are all terrific! I love to swoon over such things.

Happy Mom said...

Ah! A good life makes a good funeral!!

Gunfighter said...

Love stories are nice. Occasionally, they help me from being so jaded.