Aside from the time they walk down the aisle with their soul mate, most romantics long for the moment they realize their partner is “the one” is one of the most anticipated moments of their lives. In this article, discover the best sign that you finally the one.
If you’ve been on your fair share of dead-end dates, it can feel like this moment will never come. When the right person turns up at the appropriate time, you just know that something is meant to be.
Though this moment may look and feel different for everyone, it’s the sweetest story to tell for years and years to come for those who have experienced it. When we asked actual women to tell us about the moment they realized they were in love, we wanted to honor love in all its manifestations.
Have you really found the one?
“He brought saltine crackers and carpet cleaner for my son.”
“I was nervous about dating again after my divorce as a single mom with a baby. A wonderful man I met at work was going to deliver dinner to my place on our third date. As soon as he arrived, my baby started vomiting all over me. I called him to let him know I needed to cancel our date because I was running late.
I was surprised to find saltine crackers and carpet cleaner in his car, along with a homemade meal for my son and chocolate ice cream for myself. Once I saw his sincerity and ability to manage my life, I realized he was the real deal.
“To say that he guided me through one of the most difficult periods of my life would be an understatement.”
While going through a career change, I was diagnosed with melanoma on the back of my head. In addition to taking me home after surgery, he showered and fed me and helped me regain my strength.
As a result, he informed my parents that I was fine. Because he was there for me even when things were difficult, I knew he was the one. While a flawless date can be lovely, it’s a person’s character and willingness to give up one’s own interests that are best revealed during the less-than-perfect moments.”
“We yearned to be with each other 24 hours a day.”
During the time we were both planning to leave town (on separate trips), we both acted as if we wanted to cancel our individual plans and just be together. I knew my husband was the one.
“Our first vacation together had just been planned by him.”
Our conversation had touched briefly on our shared passion for hiking, and I had been on a hiking trip once before. In order to get away from the stress of work, he booked the Airbnb, researched hiking trails and eateries in the region, and took care of everything for me. I couldn’t have done it without him.
At the pinnacle of our trek, I had the epiphany that he was the real deal. Even though he had to carry a lot of weight, he never complained or gave anything away. It was the small things of the trip and his knowledge of what I enjoy that made the vacation so enjoyable for him. It’s all history now!
“We struck up a conversation right away.”
For hours we chatted and learned more about one other while sitting on a Manhattan rooftop. He even claims that I saved his life one night when he was choked on peanut snacks at the table and I called the server for water swiftly and assertively. My first date with him was in the Bronx, and I was the first to offer to drive him there for our second date! That’s when he told me he had a feeling I was the one for him. As soon as he met my twin sister, he fell in love with her.
“He truly doesn’t bother me.”
A little over two months into our relationship, I was certain he was the one I wanted to settle down with. Knowing that he didn’t irritate me made it clear (even after spending a week together on vacation). He’s like a counterbalance to me. We haven’t fought in a long time.
“The first time I saw him.”
On my way out, I happened to see him and was immediately drawn to him. As soon as I left the store, I felt compelled to go back in and meet him face-to-face. I followed my instincts and returned to the store to locate him. Thanks to my own advice, I was able to achieve my goals!”
So that my cat “wouldn’t feel forgotten about,” he stopped by with a toy.
“After my closest friend’s wedding, my spouse and I became romantically involved with each other. After a traumatic breakup a year earlier, I was wary of him for a few months. I got a second cat about six months into our relationship. He brought my first cat a new toy so that he “wouldn’t feel neglected.” At that point in time, I knew he was the right guy for me. My ex used to tell me that if we ever got married, I would have to get rid of my cat, and here he was embracing him instead.
From the first phone call,.
A blind date brought us together; he was a stranger to me. On the other hand, I knew right away that he was the one for me after our very first phone contact. For years, I’d made a list of the qualities I sought in a partner, and “a good listener” came out on top. A wonderful listener, I knew from our first phone conversation, so I went into the date with a positive outlook. Fortunately, it turned out to be an intuition that lead me to the best decision of my life!
“In addition to my own well-being, he also cared for the people I care about.”
This Thanksgiving, I was unable to cook because of my father’s inability to cook, and my mother was suffering from interstitial lung disease while we were visiting my relatives. While it was difficult for my family to face, he took leadership of the entire process without hesitation.
Helping with the shopping, cooking, and cleaning up for Thanksgiving was what he did for me. In spite of his lack of cooking experience, he went all out and made it a memorable occasion—and so did everyone else. My entire family was overjoyed. ‘You’re very fortunate.’ My mum would say to me as she leaned over to me.
‘He came through for us.’ Because my family is important to me, seeing him take such good care of them made me imagine our future together and our own Thanksgiving celebration. That’s when I realized he was the one for me.“