Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

Not a believer? You just might be after reading these 9 true stories of love at first sight.
- Carolyn French,

In her recent interview for Playboy, cover girl Marge Simpson revealed how she knew Homer was the man she'd marry: "Well, when the doctor said I was pregnant, I heard a voice saying, 'That's the man you're going to marry.' The voice was my mother's."

Sigh. Whatever happened to love at first sight? After all, fairytales lead us to believe there is one special someone out there for each of us, and that we'll know as soon as we meet him that he's the person we're meant to spend the rest of our lives with. But can that possibly be true? And will we really know on the spot?

Take a group of people aside and ask them the age-old question, "Do you believe in love at first sight?" and chances are you'll walk away with a grab bag of responses. Whether it's your neighborhood mailman or the twofaced suck-up in the office that you loathe, everyone has an opinion when it comes to this burning q. We heard from almost a hundred women and men on the subject, and while there were a few naysayers in the bunch, after reading through all the true tales of love at first sight we're believers!

Here are 9 true tales of love at first sight:

- "I definitely believe in love at first sight - or maybe love at first meet. When I met my husband, I was immediately drawn to him, and he to me. It was like - ZOW! Who is this!? I first noticed his hands, as they fit mine perfectly. We spent the night together that first night, and have been together for over 10 years now (married since 2002). I love him more every day."
- Ada Vaugha, 38, Chicago suburbs, owner of CuteyBaby, LLC

- "When I was 18, I saw Joshua for the first time. He was standing in a doorway and I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. I looked at my friend who was standing by me and said, 'That's the man that I'm going to marry.' She looked at me like I was crazy and I didn't blame her - it sounded crazy to me. Then, we began dating and I broke all of the rules: I slept with him (on the first date), I told him that I loved him and that we were going to marry one day (on the second date), and then I moved in with him after we had been together for five years. After 12 years together, we are getting married in the beginning of next year. I am more in love with him now than ever. We have had our problems, but we have always worked them out."
- Gina M. Gallo, 30, Louisiana, school librarian

- "Yes! I believe! I met my husband 16 and a half years ago when he rear-ended me in a car accident. I jumped out of the car and saw him and my heart literally stopped. Once we started a conversation, I was a goner. It was the way he looked directly into my eyes when he spoke to me. I was dating someone else at the time, but I still went straight to my grandmother's house after the car accident and told her I had just met the man I was going marry. We've now been married for nine years and have a 5-year-old son."
- Marie Melsheimer, 34, Oregon, marketing consultant

- "Absolutely, I do believe in love at first sight. I met my wife on February 15. She came for a job interview. And as soon as I shook her hand I knew I was going to marry her. Throughout the entire interview, I kept saying to myself, 'Why are we having this interview; we are going to get married.' And did a year later! We have been married seven years."
- James H. Solomon, II, PhD, 60, Florida, psychologist

- "I was waiting on the balcony of my apartment waiting for several fellow astronauts to arrive so that we could all go together to see Crosby Stills & Nash on June 3, 1990. As I was standing there, a guy drove up, got out of his car and looked around. I leaned over the balcony and said 'Are you with us?' He looked up, smiled the most incredible smile and said 'I hope so.' I went into the apartment and called a friend and said 'I just saw the man I am going to marry and spend the rest of my life with.' We moved in together in 1991 and married in 1992. And it is still amazing!"
- Dayna Steele, 50, Texas, motivational business speaker

- "I definitely believe in love at first sight, at any age! I was 59 years old when my husband of almost 25 years left me - for a man (but that's another story). Twelve days later, I joined an online dating service. Hey, life's too short, so why wait? Over a three-year period, I dated hundreds of men. Yes, hundreds. And then I met Peter. It was love at first sight. For both of us. I was attracted to his direct gaze, his instant smile and his overall presence. Now, we're living happily ever after, and I even wrote a book about it!"
- Dale Koppel, 66, Boston, author of The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Online Dating: And She Lived Happily Ever After

- "I had my eye on a man who I thought was very attractive, but the table plan meant I was seated next to someone else at a wedding breakfast. To my surprise, I immediately relaxed, sighed and thought 'Ah, there you are!' I first noticed his happy energy and lovely eyes. He was talking to the girl across the table and I thought, 'Stop talking to him. He's mine!!!' Soon, he turned to me and started a conversation. He was right in every way. I had dreamed of him! At the beginning of next month, still in love, we celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. So yes, I do believe in love at first sight. In fact, before I looked at him, he just felt right - as if I had come home."
- Ingrid Collins, 65, UK, consultant psychologist at The London Medical Centre

- "My husband and I first met on Valentine's Day of 1982, on the balcony of a theater called La Paloma Theater in Encinitas, California. I was enthralled by the smile that filled his entire face. He knew immediately that I was his soul mate. It took a little bit longer for me to realize it. But yes, it can definitely happen. It happened for us. We have been together since the day we first met!"
- Patty Mooney, 54, San Diego, video producer and co-owner of Crystal Pyramid Productions

- "My husband and I met at a racquetball club more than 25 years ago. I was teaching aerobics; he was on the court. As I passed by the window he was about to take a shot and took a hit instead … he ran into the glass full force. The next night found us both in a local pub, at evening's end he offered to drive me home. Instead, we ended up in a pizza place until 3:00 a.m. and when he finally dropped me off in the wee small hours of the morning I kissed him and told him I was more than likely going to fall head over heels in love with him. He didn't even bat an eye when he asked me to have lunch with him later that day. My 12-year-old daughter adored him and within a month we moved in together. We celebrated our 25th anniversary on August 25 and we fall in love again with every kiss."
- Carmen Borthwick, 56, British Columbia, freelance writer

So what do you say Bettys? Are you believers?

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