Sometimes you just realize that the person you’re in a relationship with is the one. While we’ve heard many beautiful “falling in love” stories from women around the world, it’s time to hear the men’s versions of falling in love. What made them think “she was the one”?
In a thread on ASK Reddit, user Trigger93 asked the men of Reddit “at what point did you realize you were in love with your SO?”
The stories we’ve read so far melted our hearts when we heard how much these people love their partners!
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20. Over Three Decades Together
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“We began as pen pals, as I was in the Navy. A guy I worked with was married to her cousin, and they set us up as pen pals prior to my deployment.
She wrote me, I wrote her back. The first few letters were just as brief and corny as you would expect. “How are you” “What do you like to do” “What music do you like” and so on. But as the weeks and months wore on, we developed a relationship and began to actually open up to one another. Neither had any idea what the other looked like. […]
When we finally agreed to send photos to each other, I was knocked over by how beautiful she was. Apparently she wasn’t completely repelled by my appearance. I knew right then she was the one for me.
A month after my deployment ended, she flew to where I was stationed to meet me. We were married eight months later. That was 31 years ago, and we’re still together.” – Reddit user ironhead_mule
This is surely a dream couple! They fell in love before getting a chance of seeing each other and are still happy more than three decades later.
19. By His Side, No Matter What
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“I had the worst case of food poisoning I’ve ever had in my life. Bad stuff coming out of both ends, almost every half an hour on the dot. I called her to cancel our date (we’d been dating maybe 2 months by then) and she said [she’ll come] over. Showed up with a bag filled with gatorade, smart water, pedialyte, crackers, and some soup and told me to get in the bed. Took care of me all weekend and made sure I drank enough liquids so I didn’t get dehydrated. I love that woman.” – Reddit user Alarmed_Ferret
If she doesn’t shy away from barf and poop, then she’s a keeper! In such moments, you definitely need someone to come with the pills and stuff that would make you bounce back to health.
18. Through the Good and the Bad
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“My SO and I had been dating for about 4 months. We were laying on the bed watching some Disney movies having hot chocolate while we did some uni work. It was maybe 1-2am and I received a call from my mum saying that my brother had passed away.
My SO stayed up all night with me, talking to me, asking about my favorite memories. She was running her hands through my hair. I mentioned that I will have to travel across the country for the funeral and she asked me if I wanted her to be there with me. Three weeks later we both moved across the country, that was almost 4 years ago, and we have an incredible connection.” – Reddit user A-Wolf-Like-Me
A person that loves you truly will stand by you and support you through the most difficult times. This Reddit user has been together with his girlfriend for four years after that rough news and we think it’s not long until they tie the knot.
17. The Most Beautiful Sight
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“Walking through Munich last July with her, I realised I was totally at peace with being with this woman. She gave me no anxiety, no worries and left me feeling pretty good all the time.
Remember standing outside the Neues Rathaus and just looking at her, rather than the beautiful building in front of us. […] So yeah. That’s when I realised.” – Reddit user NX7145
It’s moments like this that make you want to go down on your knee and propose. Meanwhile, these lucky girlfriends are probably clueless about what their boyfriends were thinking in those moments.
16. Having His Babies
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“We were at a brew pub with some of my friends. […] I knew she didn’t want to be there, and I knew she wasn’t a big fan of some of my friend’s drinking buddies, but she came to see me. That part made me smile ear to ear.
Not long after she arrived, we were chatting by the bar. […] The topic of family came up for discussion. We both said, nonchalantly, that we wanted families someday.
She drank a good portion of my pint, looked me straight in the eye and smiled. Then said “I’d have your babies” in the most honest and forthright manner I’d ever seen. Nearly eight years later, she’s going to have my babies.” – Reddit user dasoberirishman
That’s one way to tell a guy you want to marry him. He was so impressed by her nonchalance that he made sure never to let this one walk away, and here they are, almost eight years later and ready to welcome their first baby!
15. The Funny Side Effects of Painkillers
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“I had labrum surgery about three months into dating her, she took a day off work and took me to the hospital at like 7 am and waited there until I got out of surgery (about 6 hours). A few days later I was in a car outside of an Indian restaurant feeling a little funny from the painkillers they gave me when I blurted out, “I love you!” in the middle of a conversation (much to her amusement). I realized it was true later when I was more clear headed and still felt the same way.
We get married on May 20th!” – Reddit user defiancy
What started as funny side effects from painkillers made this man realize he actually loved his girlfriend. It’s so great he’s found his other half and now they’re getting married!
14. A Great Surprise from Texas
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“I’m from Texas, living in a place that’s not Texas, so I miss brisket. A lot. It’s ridiculous how much I miss it. We went out twice before she had to go to Austin for a week for work.
I offered to pick her up from the airport when she got back, and when she got in my car I could smell…something. […] I get her back to her house and she pulls a brown paper bag out of her purse and hands it to me. Guys, she flew back from Texas with brisket for me, and I knew.” – Reddit user seannyboy06
There’s nothing better than giving those we love gifts they really wish they received, and carrying brisket in the plane to give it to your boyfriend is the ultimate proof of love.
13. Care Package
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“After I got a rejection from a job interview that I swore I had in the bag, all I wanted to do was sulk my house alone. She knew me and knew that I need alone time when I’m angry. She ended up ding-dong-ditching me, leaving a card, candy, and beer. Asked her to marry me less than a year later.” – Reddit user fartdawg
That’s the best care package anyone needs when they want to be alone and stay sulky. An understanding partner is definitely a keeper!
12. Chilli and Love
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“I made some chili and gave her a bowl. She took a bite, looked at me with big eyes and totally sincere told me she loves me. Never felt like this with any other woman that told me that.” – Reddit user qwertx0815
It’s not strange when you hear that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” but we must agree that it should be rephrased as “a human’s heart,” considering we all love good food.
11. The Way She Looked at Him
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“I was in high school dating a girl. I was in photography class and I was pestering her while she was in art class weaving. This is about 1978 I believe. Here is the picture. I knew it then. Right then.” – Reddit user zulan
The look on someone’s face who is deeply in love! They’ve been married ever since!
10. Goofing Around Together
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“Very early in our relationship, we were goofing around in the kitchen. I put some ice down her shirt. After the initial jolt and small scream, she grabbed the sink hose and blasted me. It was mischevious, it was fun, it was adorable.
My brain completely shut off all filters and I blurted out, “I love you”. No regrets. That was six years ago. We are now happily married.” – Reddit user PalOfKalEl
Being in a relationship also includes having fun together. You know she’s the one if you can share all those little pranks and she has a great comeback.
9. Eating as a Couple
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“When I realised i hadn’t been eating at all because I never wanted to miss a chance to get food together because I was already full, I would drive 30 minutes across the city, pick up Tim Hortons and bring it to her place so we could spend 20 minutes together eating after she got off work at 11pm (and had school at 7am). 6 years together this June.” – Reddit user PoisoNFacecamO
Sharing dinner as a couple is a perfect way to bond and talk about your day. Spending time around the table makes us feel more connected, even though we don’t realize it.
8. Nerding Out on Your Date
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“On about our third date, she mentioned to me that she had never watched Star Wars, and didn’t really know what the plot was. I proceeded to spend the next thirty minutes talking at her about the plot of the saga, going into the OT, the prequels, and some extended universe. Once I was finished, I realized I had just went full nerd on this poor girl, and almost expected her to stand up and leave. Instead, she kissed me, and said she would like to watch them with me sometime. This was the moment we both realized we were in love with each other.” – Reddit user FishcakeWoodSpy
They say those little things that you find quirky at first will be annoying in the future, but this guy nerding out on his third date actually helped him get a girlfriend and she was perfect!
7. Comforting You
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“I don’t know why, but I came home pretty upset/angry and didn’t want to talk to anyone, not even her. After a cold “hi” I went straight into the shower, grabbed a little something to eat out of the fridge and went to bed without saying anything. Instead of projecting my attitude on herself, she waited a few minutes, came to the bedroom, laid down and started calmly scratching the back of my head until I was asleep.” – Reddit user jkvrieaunak
Coming home mad can definitely annoy your SO but if they understand your mood, it surely helps make your day much better. Home should be your place of comfort and safety, and when there’s someone not asking questions and scratch your head as you fall asleep, it’s so much better!
6. Loving Your Best Friend
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“She was just hanging out on the sofa painting her nails, I was playing Paper Mario 64 and realized she was my best friend, that I trusted her, and I couldn’t imagine myself with anybody else. Told her then and there. No reason to keep it to myself.” – Reddit user Whoistcmt
It’s always best if you tell others how you feel since it’s no point in keeping it all a secret. Their smile when hearing those words is worth it every time!
5. Best Drunk Memory
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“We got drunk together and when we got back to her place she ate a giant rice krispie treat while also doing a flawless running man dance. It was quite captivating.
Been together 9 years now and married for 1.” – Reddit user Leman_Russ_Wolf_King
This redditor should sit down his kids in the future and say: “this is why I married your mom, kids!” And then proceed to do the running man dance.
4. A Feeling of Security and Happiness
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“I was playing cribbage with her in Iraq and a little voice in the back of my head whispered, “i feel so happy and secure right now.” We’ve been together for 15 years. I highly recommend a combat-tested wife.” – Reddit user -SkaffenAmtiskaw-
Having your significant other by your side and feeling happy and secure is definitely a sign you love them and want to have them near for the rest of your lives.
3. Singing Together
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“We were on a date and there was a lull in conversation while I was driving. I started singing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” under my breath and she joined in in the style of the Monster in Young Frankenstein. I almost proposed right there.” – Reddit user Caretaker14
You know you complete each other when you share some of the weird things together. We wonder if this Reddit user married this girl, cause she’s definitely a keeper!
2. Home Is Where She Is
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“We’d been dating for a while and I came home to my apartment after leaving hers, but for some reason that time, it didn’t feel like home. Looking back I guess I just wanted her there too.” – Reddit user mexipimpin
They say home is where your loved one is, and this man realized it when he got back to his home. That’s how you know she’s the one!
1. Highly Impressed
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“We were laying in bed one morning, and whilst she was looking at her phone, loudly exclaimed ‘oh my god, there’s a whole facebook page full of birb memes!’” – Reddit user Diamond_D0gs
If that’s not a reason to love your girlfriend, then we’re at a loss! Birb memes are very funny!