'The moment I knew'

Locals share their personal love stories
Feb. 14, 2013 @ 05:04 AM

In recognition of Valentine’s Day, The Herald solicited stories about readers’ most memorable and romantic moments with their sweethearts. Here are the community responses:

Jodi Yow: In August 2008, I was in desperate need of haircut. I called my stylist to see if I could come during my lunch for a trim but had to settle for after work. During my trim, the lady that cuts hair with my stylist mentioned her brother was single, that we should meet and that he was coming by for a haircut any minute. I was so embarrassed to be getting my hair fixed when he came in. We chatted, and he left soon after. I left my card with his sister, and he emailed me the next day. This September will be our third wedding anniversary. We call it fate because Jonathan hadn’t been to his sister in about four years for a haircut.

He works in Raleigh and he needed a trim because he was going on a date that evening. He never went on another date with anyone else but me. Had I gotten my haircut when I wanted, I would’ve never met him.

Sadie Strunks: You know you are meant for each other when valentines aren’t as important as just making the other one happy. We are originally from Dayton, Ohio, and on Valentine’s Day 1985, we had gotten so much snow that the florists were not delivering flowers and most of the stores and restaurants closed early. However car dealers where open. You see, Ed had ordered a new Mustang in 1985, and it just so happened to come in the morning of Valentine’s Day. Even though I did not receive the flowers, candy, cards or dinner, my greatest joy was seeing his face light up when we picked up his car in all of the snow, and yes, it was a very scary ride home, too.

Jennifer Lynn Rouse: My husband and I met online. We lived an hour away from each other, and we took turns driving back and forth to go out on dates. Driving home one night, I told my son that I was missing him. My 5-year-old said, “You just saw him!” He didn’t understand what I meant. I got lost driving home that night because I was so distracted. I knew then that I was a hopeless case. After five years together, I still am. I’ve heard it said don’t settle for the one you can live with, wait for the one you can’t live without. He’s the only one for me.

Toni Funderburke Richardson: I met my husband, Kenneth, at work. He was in the middle of a divorce, and I was fresh out of a bad relationship. We quickly became friends, and as time passed, we became everything to each other. We never really had a lot of money to waste, so most nights we would sit on the porch while he played the guitar. I knew right away that we would always be together. We now have a very big, blended family, with five children between the two of us. We have been married since Dec. 31, 2009. I love him more than he will ever know; he is my best friend.

Cristin Banks: I would like to say it was love at first sight. We met at my place of work and have been together ever since. Our very first date, we went to a Chinese restaurant, where Walgreens is at now, and we went to the fair in Carthage. We had such a good time. I just knew from the first time I met him that we were meant to be together forever, and so far, we have been together for almost 14 years and have been married for 10, almost 11, years. I feel like every day is the day we first started dating. I am so happy and can’t wait to see what our future holds for us ... . I heard that there was a couple on the news that has been together for more than 60 years ... . I hope ours lasts that long as well.

Meghan Hathcock Strieter: I met my husband on a dating site. He had just been stationed at Bragg. Our first date was at my home to watch a movie. He was shy, polite and very handsome. We dated for seven months before he deployed to Afghanistan. He came home on R&R and proposed underneath the full moon on the beach. After he proposed, he went back to Afghanistan for another eight months. We planned our wedding on video chat, texts, and phone calls as often as possible. In June will be our second wedding anniversary. It takes a whole different type of love to be a military spouse. It’s a very strong love and relationship. I’m so proud of him and proud to be his wife.

Tara Daffin: My most romantic moment was when my fiancé proposed to me. I had a rough week with the death of my poppy and had just gone back to work. He called me and said, “I have a surprise for you when get off work, so come over to my place.” I told him I would. I got off work and went over to his place. As I walked in the door, he said, “Look on the bed (he had an above-garage apartment). I looked and saw red roses, and my first thought was, “Aww, that was really sweet. He got me flowers.” As I am putting my phone and keys down on the nightstand, he reached over, picked up the roses and asked, “Will you marry me?” I turned around and looked at him, not able to speak. I looked at the roses again, and there was my engagement ring tied to the roses.

Jennifer Ashley: I think the sweetest moment was the day my husband asked me for my number. It was quite shocking and unexpected. We were at a training at the Emergency Services Training Center, and he didn’t know how to ask for my number, so he used the cover up that it was for the fire department. Less then three weeks after that, we were dating, and we have been inseparable since.