I really am a fan of the “Love at First Sight” romance trope. I’ve written several stories and novels that have characters who see the man or woman of their dreams and Boom, it hits them like a ton of bricks. This is the one!
I hadn’t really thought about why this trope is one of my favorites until I looked at the date of this post: May 24. That date stands out to me each year because that was the date I fell in love at first sight. When I was 13 years old.
My cousins had a beach band and they played a Battle of the Bands on May 24th. I went to see them with two of my girlfriends (under the chaperonage of my aunt and uncle), so excited to be out at a “teen” function for the first time.
When the band finally played we were all attention and I noticed for the first time the very
cute singer in my cousin’s band. And I mean Very Cute! Youngest in the group (I later learned he was 15), he was my dream come true. When he opened his mouth to sing I began to melt. Then the band performed “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” by Blood, Sweat, and Tears and at the end this dreamboat went down on his knees.
And that was it. I fell hook, line, sinker, boat and motor in love with him. I have always been a sucker for romance and theatre and that little gesture went straight to my teenaged heart. The crush lasted for several years and I was never very subtle about it (that thought makes me cringe to this day). The band broke up and I didn’t see him for probably fifteen years.
One Christmas we re-met each other, went on a date, and that was it. Fizzle. No spark, no chemistry. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great guy, and I do see him occasionally when the band gets back together to play. I smile when I see him, secretly pleased to have had that ‘love at first sight’ experience.
That experience was so intense that I can still feel the depth of emotion I went through as a teenager. I’m able to tap into those emotions and channel them into some of my writing.
The infatuation Alyse feels for Thomas at the opening of Betrothal is based in part on my own first-hand experiences of a “crush.”
So May 24th will always be special to me. Do you have a certain date or a love at first sight experience? Please share on my special day!