Meet cute: n. A situation in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing (according to Wikipedia).
Do you watch romantic comedies? I do. Probably a little too much, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is in most romantic comedies, there’s always that one scene you can pinpoint when the two leading characters meet, and even if it doesn’t go swimmingly in the very beginning – you just KNOW those two are going to end up together by the end of the movie. And nooooo, it’s not just because they’re the two main characters. Even in a movie with several people, the meet cute is there for you to know – these two folks, yeah they’re meant for each other.
Sometimes the characters meet in a funny way or even in a dramatically ridiculous way, like when Matthew McConaughey rescues Jennifer Lopez from a dumpster that’s rolling towards her just as her heel gets caught in the sewer drain in the beginning of The Wedding Planner. Sometimes it’s a little more subdued, like when Jennifer Lopez meets Alex O’Laughlin in The Back-Up Plan while they’re both trying to get into the same cab (hmmm, JLO’s been in a lot of romantic comedies, clearly). But regardless of how it’s done, it sets the tone for the rest of the movie.
Now, I get that it’s just the movies. I’m not crazy, promise. But, that’s the beauty of romantic comedies, right? They give you that 90-120 minutes of time to fantasize about how you would want things to go with your potential partner. You get to enjoy seeing two people come together who didn’t think they would, and you get to bask in the eventual perfectness of it all working out in the end.
So why can’t at least some of that translate to real life? Who wouldn’t want to one day tell their grandkids all about the time Mawmaw and Pawpaw met when they bumped into each other at the train station or how they kept running into the same person at all the different functions they went to and one day, there was just that spark of a connection they could no longer deny? How adorable, right? Am I crazy? Is that too hopeless romantic-ey of me?
Is it wrong if I don’t care that it is? Because I think it would be absolutely amazing to have my own meet cute with the future Mr. D-Magic. And more and more, I’m starting to hope it happens sooner rather than later.