Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Accidental Love and Meatloaf

After telling my buddy, sitting next to me on the couch, that I was going to marry my future wife the first time I saw her walk through the door, there came the task of figuring out if I actually loved her. Some people have those magical moments during a kiss on the beach as a meteor shower streaks through the heavens or in the midst of a dance, their bodies pressed so close that their heartbeats captured the same rhythm, blending into one. Me, I literally fell into love, and lived to tell about it.

Waterfalls have a way of working their own kind of amorous voodoo. Maybe it is the majestic power of thousands of gallons of water throwing itself off the ledge that makes them romantic. Or perhaps the loud roar drowns out anything you could say to mess up the moment. As a man, it provides a veritable playground of obstacles on which to prove your worthiness to win the heart of that special person, to the tune of "Hey ya'll! Watch this!"

Sitting on your keister in the middle of a frigid river after slipping on a wet stone, is the perfect time to strike a sexy pose with the mist of the falls in the background, though it probably won't help much with the bruises. And while they say size doesn't matter, when your ankle swells up to the size of a four square ball, leaving you to be helped down the 2.3 miles back to your car, it does give you opportunity to earn sympathy points. Just what any woman wants, a man who cries every time he tries to put his foot down.

How did I know I was in love? She made meatloaf. I love meatloaf, though I imagine they could have been a bit more creative with the name to make it sound a bit more palatable. Must have been a whole lot more practical with names in those days. Glorious meat and other goodness loaf is a bit of a mouth full.

There I was propped on the couch, foot elevated, developing frostbite under the ice pack and a steaming plate of meatloaf. With mashed potatoes. And she did not laugh at me, at least not to my face, maybe when she returned to her dorm room. In that moment, I knew the score of love is kept not by how many, but how much you cherish the one.

And good meatloaf.

56 comments:

Cinnamon said...

Wonderful.

The way to a man's heart...

I am sure she would say that she found you, just as much as you found her. Would love to hear her story too!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

And I won the love of my heart through an apple pie..LOL! We women know exactly what we're doing and there is nothing like a good meatloaf and a guy with stars in his eyes!

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

"Just what any woman wants, a man who cries every time he tries to put his foot down."

This line went directly to home plate. The entirety is a delight.. I think it was my stews that earned me a proposal - so friendly on those cold winter nights!

Leah said...

Injuries, empathy, and meatloaf.

But still, this is strangely romantic! Especially since we know how it turned out.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Fragile foot - friendly female - finger-lickin' food . . . . fabulous!

Oh, sorry Brian, I got stuck on the f-word thingy . . .

smiles4u said...

Both my husband and I both knew almost from the start that we would marry. He loves meatload too so I am guessing that I could have won him over with that too...lol.

Nancy said...

I agree with the meatloaf - my husband comes in the kitchen and hugs me when I make meatloaf. :-) Who knew? The way to a man's heart is meatloaf and a gentle touch?

Hit 40 said...

...I had my husband with chocolate chip cookies. He said that he never had a girlfriend cook or bake for him. Sold!! Sucker!!!!!

Meeko Fabulous said...

Well they do say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach . . . I just though it meant it was easier to take a scalpel to that part of the body since the ribs get in the way of the heart and all . . . But I digress. :)

Ronda Laveen said...

With the Wonder Husband, it was Apple Pie that sealed the deal. Nice story.

Brian Miller said...

oh meeko has a dark side...lol.

Brian Miller said...

all this talk about food is starting to make me hungry as well...

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Now I want meatloaf. I used to make it all the time. I might have to do that soon.
Glad you didn't break your ankle and you were able to make it back to the car.
Happy Wednesday to you too!

staceyjwarner said...

I always heard food is the way...what a wonderful story.

much love

tattytiara said...

You know I'd been considering learning how to make meatloaf, but since I'm not sure how ready I am for a commitment perhaps I should hold back.

Very, very lovely story.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Are you SURE you don't have a 40-something single brother for my single sister :-)
GREAT story.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

You tell such wonderful stories! I think the first meal I made for my husband was hamburger helper.... he is so easy!

BeautifulWreck said...

That is really sweet. My husband fell in love with me but it had nothing to do with meatloaf or my ability to cook in the kitchen - he did say I was the best piece of meat he ever had tho. That has to count for something.

Lola said...

My partner also loves meatloaf. But it also helps that I also make some great Italian dishes too.

Maggie May said...

Just as well you weren't vegetarian!
With me , it would have to be cheese & onion pie!

Nuts in May

Laszlo Brown said...

Don't know how to know. Always tough.

Baino said...

Ah the staples always win out. Meatloaf's a favourite in our house too although I've never 'wooed' a man with it! Hmmm . . food for thought . . pardon the pun!

Valerie said...

I think it was my draft of belly pork and new spuds that did it ... grins. I loved this piece of straightforward writing, the sort where I can lose myself in your marvellous account.

otin said...

Awww! :) I thought that you were going to say that you found "Paradise by a Dashboard Light!" LOL!

a very nice post, I like the little comic aspects! A man whose foot hurts every time he puts it down! hahaha!

Lorraine said...

Stands by you through pain and meatloaf, now that IS love ;) good one Brian!

Alix said...

Great story, Brian. She would have been a fool to say no.

PS: Meatloaf! Yay!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Cherished memories... Wow...
If this is true then its true that 'The way to a man's heart is thru his stomach'. Oh Shit! I dunno to Cook!!!! Lolz...
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Tom said...

my wife couldn't make meatloaf before we married--but now; wow! I dazzled her with my stupendous water boiling technique.
Good one!

Daniel said...

It was probably the potatoes that put her over threshold. Smiles.

Goofball said...

a painfull anckle to return with meatloaf and the love of your life....sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

Jill said...

For me...it was a VANILLA shake!



LOVE meat loaf...always have wished it had a BETTER more appropriate name to give it its due in the DELICIOUS realm!

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Nice. Your wife is a classy lady - meatloaf and mashed potatoes are a sure fire way to man's heart and mind too.

Nessa said...

I knew I loved my husband the moment I saw him. He made me laugh (very important), quoted from The Princess Bride, "as you wish" and made me trip.

I literally fell in love at that moment.

Wordless Wednesday - Now That's Scary

Gaston Studio said...

What a totally romantic beginning! Many women love to nuture and you provide the perfect opportunity; she provided the dessert in a loaf pan.

TechnoBabe said...

That is a good suggestion for all the women who want to find a good husband: Make a good meatloaf. Maybe you should put your wife's meatloaf recipe in a post. I have read your blog long enough to know that the staying power in your marriage is not food though. Your dates and romantic interludes keep you warm.

Brian Miller said...

ha. tom, you are really talented when you can burn the water...

yeah its a bit more than the food that keeps us warm on the home front...

Rob said...

Brian, you are the man! Thanks for the encouragement on the blog.

buffalodick said...

Good thing you didn't meet me first, sailor... I make a mean meatloaf! Just messin' wit cha...

G-Man said...

I love meatloaf with a bit of a crust!

Waterfalls make me wanna pee.....

Brian Miller said...

g-man, which is a romantic thought in an of itself...lol.

otin, I had a Paradise but i never hung them from the rear view mirror...

Rain said...

Oh gosh Brian, you have such a romantic flair the way you write! And thanks for the giggles! When I read the title I thought you were going to write a memory about falling in love to a Meatloaf song, lol!

Eternally Distracted said...

I got worried when I saw the post title ... Glad you meant the food variety ;0)

rxBambi said...

My hubby is a picky eater. Seriously. Worse than my girls. Good thing he wasn't hungry. I got him thru wine. It works too ;)

Ekanthapadhikan said...

That's the most wonderful love story I've ever heard! Wish someone made me a meatloaf too!

otin said...

Nice word play!! Very witty!

only a movie said...

I love this.
Other half said he knew immediately that he would keep me. He also says that a few choice baked goods sealed the deal.

Barb said...

Great post. There is something magical about meatloaf! And thanks for stopping by my blog.

kys said...

Great love story!

When my mom met my dad 60 years ago, she came home and announced "I've met the boy I'm going to marry." They've been together ever since.

The Retired One said...

So cute.
You guys make such a great couple, I can just tell.

I am sure she has her side of the story, which you have to have her write for us sometime as a blogpost. that would be great!

AngelMay said...

This post just makes me happy.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

A match made in heaven...heavenly meatloaf! :)

Little Ms Blogger said...

What a great story and what a wonderful caretaker your wife is.

Meatloaf is one of the best all time creature comfort foods.


It is the little things people that sometimes people miss that make the person special. You obviously pay attention to the details.

Kulio said...

and good meatloaf.

nice.

yes, I want to hear her story! maybe told by you..blushingly...ha.

But do tell!

Pat said...

That was just too cute. And yes, real men DO cry. Just so you know. :)

...mmm... said...

Love, love, love this! Meatloaf?! how very funny and sweet too. I love meatloaf as well, btw but never had a darling to make it for me, however! Enjoy. :)

Louise said...

I made meatloaf for my husband, who wasn't my husband then, not long after we started dating. I hate meatloaf. He loved it.I think that's what did it for him, too. It WAS good... for meatloaf.