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Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?


I always believed in the idea of love at first sight, but more of an idea than something that would ever happen to me. All that changed one fateful day.

I’d been a member of a Yahoo! discussion group and there were regular meetings for members so you could get to know the person behind the email. I’d been chatting to one particular guy off list and we agreed to meet for a drink with a couple of mutual friends before going to one of the meetings.

I’ll never forget the day I was sitting with my friends, waiting for that man to arrive. Suddenly, a tall, dark bearded figure wearing a long, leather coat, leaned over the table, thrusting a hand in my general direction. “Hi. I’m Al,” he said before disappearing off to the bar, leaving me reeling. In my head, he’d been blonde and larger than life, not to mention significantly older than me. The man I’d just met was exactly my type – and much younger than I’d thought.

I don’t remember much about that first night, but I do know that we spent most of it talking and at every meet after that, we always sought each other out. It was strange having a budding relationship develop in front of an audience and the other group members clearly thought it was really funny that someone was finally taming Al, who had a reputation as a bit of a player.

At last we went out for a pre-date dinner with those same mutual friends and sparks flew. Al made it clear that he was only interested in a long term relationship and that was fine by me. The more time I spent with him, the more I liked what I saw.

At the end of February, we’ll be celebrating 13 years together. We were married 9 months after we met and since then, we’ve had five children, emigrated to New Zealand and came back home again, dealt with bereavements, job losses, and a whole heap of highly stressful situations that might have broken another couple, yet we stayed strong throughout.

I can honestly say that every time I look at my husband, I fall in love with him all over again. He’s as gorgeous as he was when first met in that pub, even if he does have a few white hairs now. I’m living proof that love at first sight really does exist – and it lasts.

Happy Valentine's day to everyone!


Sophie Childs is the author of Behind the Scenes, a must-read hilarious novel about love, career and complications, now available for pre-order only on So Vain Books.

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