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Everyone Loves A Love Story

By Kellie Purcill

I had several ideas for this post. Intriguing, amusing, thoughtful ideas, all jostling for space and attention in my head, slyly shoving each other while smiling broadly at the camera, vying to be chosen as the post winner. I spent last week drafting the piece, mental wheels spinning as I slalomed the forklift through my family’s warehouse, picking phrases and words off my vocabulary stores as I dispatched orders, cheerfully singing in the rain when I felt the post coming together in a solid, attractive first draft.

Then, in a huge explosion of emotional glitter and figurative fireworks, I became engaged.

I cannot – for the life of me – remember any of my post ideas. Not one.

Dinner has been late every night. I’ve put product labels on backwards, upside down, and even on the wrong item. I meant to have this post up hours ago, but… well… haven’t.

I’m not myself. Thankfully, not one person has had a problem with my fuzzy, errant actions or lack of concentration. Because, it turns out, everyone loves a love story.


There are so many parts of a “love story”. All the firsts that are encountered, fumbled, missed, celebrated – the first meeting, the first date, first kiss, first fight, first time “I knew”. The ebb and flow of lives and souls towards each other and away, the distractions, hazards and antagonists that cause the wary or oblivious heart to stumble and bruise – all combine to make each love story unique.

I like asking people about how they met their partners/spouses/boyfriends. I’m fascinated by which movies or characters, books or music people find beautiful or true love stories. The variations in what is seen to be romantic is astonishing, as is the difference in dating habits amongst people I know. Hollywood certainly knows the allure of a love story, though what I class as excellent love stories (Monsoon Wedding, Stranger Than Fiction and the BBC’s The Taming of the Shrew for example) may not follow the same formula or be what you class as love stories – but they are love stories to me.

I now have my own love story. It’s still being written, with luminous ink freshly splashed over the astonished, blooming chambers of my heart.

What’s yours?

Why are people fascinated in love stories? Do you have a movie, book, song or part thereof that is a beautiful love story to you? What makes a great love story?

About Kellie Purcill

lives way on the other side of the planet in her native Australia and gives thanks for the internet regularly. She loves books, her boys, panna cotta, collecting words, being a redhead and not putting things in order of importance when listing items. She credits writing as a major contributing factor to surviving her life with sanity mostly intact, though her (in)sanity level is subject to change without warning.

14 thoughts on “Everyone Loves A Love Story”

  1. How wonderful! I'm coming up on my 19th anniversary of getting engaged on New Year's Eve (at midnight–how cheesy!)
    For us, it has been a wonderful adventure with some tough times. Seven years in, postpatrum baby #2 was a pretty tough year for us. I'm so glad we kept plodding along through that.
    The past couple of years have been the happiest. I feel so in love and feel so loved.
    Prayer has been the best sidekick in our love story. Heavenly Father has always given good personal advice for my marriage.(

  2. Such a happy time for you!

    My love story is full of warm summer nights and talking until three in the morning about anything and everything, with some time spent by myself in the middle of Central Park realizing that I had indeed met the man I was going to marry. Such a beautiful, prayerful, magical summer of love.

    To me, a good love story starts with the two people not liking each other for one reason or another, but then they come to like and love the other for those same reasons.

  3. So happy for you Kellie! what is your story of meeting though? please!!!!! Add it to the comments.

    I met my husband at the library in a writing group that i had started about 3 years before. He told his secretary to mark the meeting on his calendar for the next 2 years cause he met a girl. On the way home, my best girlfriend said, if you work on it, he could make a fine little husband.
    The 1st time he spoke to me was in public and people were discussing birthdays and ages and when I told mine – he said, Did you know tht is the perfect age to become my wife?
    Our 1st date was a coffee house and the second an arboretum, where we ended up having our wedding reception.

    Not bad for an old maid of 49, getting married.

  4. I too want to know a few more details!

    We just celebrated twenty years since we were engaged!

    We met on an overnight clean-up hike in a beautiful canyon. But I was there to see someone else, so we didn't start going out until after he saved me from falling off a trampoline at a friend's house!

    Now we have five kids and he still keeps me from falling!

  5. I grew up in a cold city, but I fell in love (more than once) in the desert. So that dry, treeless, hot climate reminds me of falling in love. Strange.

    I used to find there were so many movies about falling in love. But as I got older and understood better what falling on love actually means, the more I think movies can't really capture it. Books can, since they are able to get in someone's head. But movies have to resort to the music montage of the characters riding bikes or boating and getting bubbles/ice cream/water on each other. You just have to take the movie's word for it that they're in love.

  6. I LOVE love!

    Some of my favorite love stories in movies: that opening montage in "Up"; Elinor and Edward (as brilliantly portrayed by Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant) in "Sense and Sensibility"; "Last Chance Harvey", "Remains of the Day" (oh, the restraint!), Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday"; Belle and the Beast; Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in "The King and I" . . .

  7. I agree with other readers. Please share some of the details of your romance!!! All of us would love to read more.

    "Pride and Prejudice" is one of my all-time favorite love stories, the book and the Colin Firth version. I'm with Sharlee above…"Remains of the Day" is one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking love stories ever. "You've Got Mail" is another favorite, a story of 2 people who are convinced they hate each other and later discover they are well-matched after all.

    Congratulations to you!


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