It's not uncommon to hear women say they can never meet a good man, and regardless of how many times you advise them to be patient and explain that it'll happen when they're not looking, sometimes it takes hearing a story or two to actually drill that thought in. Unfortunately, love doesn't come whenever you want it, but it does happen when everything aligns in the right way without force. It usually also makes for one great "How'd you meet?" story. It really is at the most unexpected times, whether you're standing in line applying for a job or just hanging out at a party, you meet someone who will change your entire world. If you're one of the many who is running out of faith that you'll meet the right guy, check out some stories from 10 ladies who met their significant others when they least expected it to happen.
"We met at a Halloween party, 20 years ago on Halloween night. We chatted a little, and then I had to go to the bathroom but the line was really long, and I was afraid he'd lose interest, so I asked him to hold the gloves, which were part of my costume. When I got back, he said I took so long he would have thought I was blowing him off if I hadn't left my gloves with him." - Nancy Lichtenstein, Livingston, N.J.
"I met my now husband through a chat room set up by a friend from work. I was unsure if I wanted to continue participating in the forum, but I'm really glad I did. Thirteen years later, I have been married 11 years and still have lifelong friends I met through the network two people created." - Lisa S., Deltona, Fla.
"I met my husband in an online video game. We played together quite some time and became good friends before we met in person. We dated less than a year and have been together almost 14 years now." - Lisa M., Austin, Texas
"I met my husband while filling out an application at Wendy's. He was dancing behind the counter, and our eyes met. I know it's cliche, but it really was love at first sight. I was 16, and he was 17. We will be married for 22 years in November." - Angel Sharum, Dalton, Ga.
"A friend I met through work introduced me to her sister and her boyfriend. They had lived together for years. A year after meeting them, the couple called it quits. He then spent a year trying to get me to go out with him. After running out of "Why not?," I went out with him. Twenty-six years later, here we are." - Karen Barnes, Topeka, Kan.
"I met my significant other through work. We were friends for months, because I wouldn't date someone in the work place. A few months after I quit the job, we began talking again online. Since we no longer worked together, dating him was okay at that point. I tell him all the time that he has made me break most of my rules, but not that one! That was seven years ago, and after the first date with him, I knew." - Sass Ashe, Louisa, Va.
"I got a new job, and I met a group of girls there. They said they had a friend they wanted to set me up with, so I said I would meet him. After taking one look at him I said, "No way!" About two years later, I agreed to go out to dinner with him. Well, I saw a completely different side of him that night. We got married less than a year later." - Kay Whittenhauer, Rochester, N.Y.
"My husband and I met online. But I actually wasn't there to date. I was working on my master's degree in communications and decided to do a paper on the truthfulness of people when communicating online. I admitted on my profile that I was doing research and was interested in dating. You would not believe the responses I received, and well, practically all of them were not truthful. My now husband responded, because he's a professor of business and just had to know what I was researching. We found out we shopped at the same stores, used the same bank, and for 24 hours even worked at the same call center. He was the one person I met that was, well maybe for some, a little too honest! That was 10 years ago, and we have been happily married ever since. I guess maybe there is a good reason for telling the truth online." - Lisa C., Houston, Texas
"I met my husband in March of '86 when he and two of his friends came over to help my sister fix her car. He was watching me but remaining silent. I told my friend, Debbie, that he looked like a geek, a weirdo. He was tall, skinny, and had a very cool tattoo on his right bicep of a wizard face and hat. I asked him about the tat and realized he was a nice guy. We began dating that night and were married six weeks later. I was pregnant with our first of three children. We were together 15 years and have been separated for 12!" - Amy B., Athens, Penn.
"I went to the neighborhood party at the Irish pub down the road. Two guys randomly came over to talk to me. I left with both of their numbers, and a promise to hang out just as friends. Two years later, I am still glued to the hip of the one I never thought would be worth my time. We're two pieces that fit together perfectly, even without fancy titles and rings." - Andi L., Toledo, Ohio