For some, meeting a soul mate feels like a fall, an abrupt jolt that snaps them to attention. For others, it's more like a slow motion stumble.
Ginzy Lamprecht and Mark Dosch, love hit them like a bolt of lightening. On a Monday night in 1995, they both walked into the pub Nanny O'Briens in Cleveland Park. Friends in common introduced them.
"As our conversation continued, I realized that I might be meeting someone really, really important," Lamprecht recalls.
Later in the night, Lamprecht lost sight of Dosch and she was ready to leave the bar when he reappeared. He offered her a ride home and at the end of the car ride, they briefly interlaced fingers. "Something electric happened just in that simple gesture," says Dosch. "And if I was to say when I fell in love, that was the point, and I'll never forget it."
For Menosh and Craig Appl, falling in love was a much slower process. The two of them met working at a nonprofit in Arlington, Va. Their friendship began when they started commuting to work together from Vienna. Neither one thought the relationship was romantic.
Finally, Craig invited Menosh to play a game of chess. "And that chess game turned into five chess games and five hours," says Craig, 28. And although neither of them realized it, that was their first date.
The first time Menosh, who's now 29, realized she loved Craig was when his birthday rolled around. She had bought him a present and she needed to sign the card. Menosh felt stuck.
"Should I put 'sincerely Menosh' or 'love Menosh?'" she says, recalling her predicament. "And it was like the biggest dilemma. And it doesn't seem like a really big deal right now, but it was such a huge deal ... I think that was when I realized, 'oh my god, I like this guy.'"
[Music: "Sovay" by Andrew Bird from Fingerlings 2 / "Danse Carribe" by Andrew Bird from Fingerlings 4 / "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" by The Grassmasters from Elvis Grass]
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