In My Words: Romance & the “Meet Cute”
I blogged about the term “Meet-Cute” back in October 2011. “Meet-cute” is a phrase from the romantic comedy “The Holiday” describing how the guy and girl meet — and the crazier the better, in many cases.
Some of you reading this blog know my “Meet-Cute” story: How my husband knocked me down … um, swept me off my feet at a karate studio. Author Rachel Hauck recently shared that story on her blog during her “Beautiful Brides” series.
Sometimes in a romance novel or movie, the hero and heroine manage to meet all on their own. Think of Nicky (Gary Grant) and Terry (Deborah Kerr) in “An Affair to Remember”: They meet on a cruise. No help needed. Or Shay Brandenberger and Travis McCoy in “The Accidental Bride” by Denise Hunter: They were high school sweethearts. Probably met walking to class.
Then there are the times when someone helps the hero and heroine meet. In “Gone with the Wind,” Scarlett didn’t invite Rhett Butler to Tara. And in Susan May Warren’s “My Foolish Heart,” a rambunctious dog helped Caleb and Izzy meet.
In my own romance, my husband Rob and I had help with our first meeting. Another instructor, John D., asked Rob (dared, maybe?) to sneak attack me. And Rob agreed.
Hhhhhm. Did I ever thank John for arranging my Meet-Cute? Well, he was one of the groomsmen in our wedding … but sadly, we lost touch with John through the years.
Until … this week.
John tracked Rob and me down via Rachel’s blog post and we’ve been emailing back and forth, catching up on several decades of “how have you beens?” And, yes, I made sure that John remembered he was pivotal in my happily ever after.
In Your Words: Ah, Meet-Cutes. I love ’em. And I’d love it if you’d share a favorite romantic Meet-Cute — one that required assistance or not, doesn’t matter. Maybe it’s your story or one from a novel or movie. Join the conversation!
Casey Herringshaw reviews “Wish You Were Here” over at her blog today!0 I like this!