February 5, 2014

Michelle Miles: Cupid Comes Calling ~ Love at First Faint



Welcome, beautiful readers, to the Princess Valentine’s Day blog event. I hope you’re having a swell time commenting on all the posts and getting your name in the hat for that $200 Visa gift card!

Our event is all about falling in love with that special someone. And of course falling in love with that special someone is all about how you met.

I’d tell you how I met my husband but it’s not exciting. We met at work, started dating, got married. The end! Okay maybe it was a little more exciting than that. I was actually dating a guy who was an owner of one of the PF Chang’s at the time. He stood me up on a concert I’d bought tickets for. My husband and I were friends at work (little did I know…) and so I asked him to go with me.

It was Loreena McKennit. October 9, 2007. Not that I remember all that well…

We had a great time and the rest, as they say, is history.

So now let’s take a step back in time for a tale of real romance. The year was 1954. It was summer. Location: Lobo Theater, Monahans, Texas.



Imagine if you will, a young lady working the concession stand. This is her part time gig while she goes to school. So she doesn’t have time to eat between that and work. And the whip-cracking boss wouldn’t allow eating at work.

Enter the cute projectionist – you know, the guy who ran the movie. Back then movies were reel-to-reel. Not digital. I know that’s a bit of a stretch for all you young folks. ;) He came in every evening to get a cup of coffee from the girl behind the counter.

One day, while the projection guy was coming for the last cup of coffee for the night, the young girl behind the counter faints! I’m betting that was secretly cupid’s arrow at work.

He, being the gentlemen he was, picks her up and takes her for food and drives her home. Naturally he asks her out on a date.

They were married in May 1955. It was clearly meant to be. I mean, how could he NOT marry her after she fainted right in front of him. I’d have been mortified.

And those two people, folks, are my parents. I blame them for my excessive love of movies. :)

My dad loved John Wayne and drank coffee by the gallon. He also loved the latest technology in moves. Imagine how excited he was when the first VCR hit the market. We had the first. You know, the big one with the giant buttons. We had a ginormous console TV with a “clicker” (aka a remote) that only had two buttons. On and off. We had the big movie camera that could ONLY sit on a tripod because it was so heavy you couldn’t carry it around on your shoulder. It was black and white.

They were married 47 years. Dad passed away in 2001. I wonder what he’d think of smartphones or the digital cameras we have today. Mom is pretty hip with her Android smartphone. I just can’t convince her to use an eReader. ;)

Now you tell me: What’s your favorite romantic movie?

Your comment gains you an entry for the gift card. I'll also draw a winner today for a copy of my latest book, A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER. Good luck!

36 comments:

nicole mccurdy said...

I'm 28 but my all time favourite film is Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner in Anastasia...swoon. I love the tale of how your parents met, it sounds so romanticc and the plot of some Hollywood film but just so amazing that it's a true story that will be passed down through generations *sigh* :-)

Bailey Stewart said...

Loved the story! So many movies pop in my head .... "While You Were Sleeping"; Brendan Fraser's "The Mummy"; the Star Wars movies - yes, a romance; but mostly, "It's a Wonderful Life" ... a movie about love on so many different levels.

Michelle Miles said...

Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle Miles said...

I love While You Were Sleeping!

Snarky Mom Reads said...

I think the old-time love stories of the older generation are always so sweet. I wonder if the fact there was no pressure from social media, public "perceptions" (aka needing to make a big statement), etc... is what has made so many current love stories to seem... staged.

As for a favorite love movie? Am I really such a grouch that I can't think of one? Ugh... I think for one that isn't in the "norm" and speaks to timelessness of love, I really liked SOMEWHERE IN TIME ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somewhere_in_Time_%28film%29 ). For a real-life feel? Not only did I absolutely LOVE the title song by Bonnie Raitt, but I thought that SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Something_to_Talk_About_%28film%29 ). It talks about the pain of betrayal, revenge and redemption all couched in humor and love.

Michelle Miles said...

Hi Snarky Mom! Oh I loved SOMEWHERE IN TIME. Such a romantic movie!! I haven't seen the other one though. Thanks for stopping by!

Jean MP said...

Loved reading your post, such a great story. My favorite romantic movie is "The Philadelphia Story"
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Barb Han said...

An office romance? How scandalous, Michelle! I love it.

Pamela Stone said...

Ooo, I'd forgotten Somewhere in Time. Good movie. I like romantic movies, but for some reason, the ones I love don't always have the happily ever after. I love The Way We Were and A Star is Born (the Kristofferson version because I could listen to Kris talk forever). I love Into The Blue because Jared (our hero) chooses love over money. I could go on and on. Great post. Love how both you and your parents met their loves at work.

vicki batman said...

I love your story, Michelle. Favorite romantic movie: Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. A four hankie one.

Donna said...

Hope Floats

bn100 said...

the notebook

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Rita said...

The Love Letter.

Allison Brennan said...

There are so many ... oldies? Casablanca. I love, love, love that movie and have seen it 100 times. Modern, French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, and Working Girl with Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford. Love both of those and have seen them repeatedly.

Michelle Miles said...

Hi Jean! Thanks for coming by!

Michelle Miles said...

Hi Barb. It was pretty scandalous. :)

Michelle Miles said...

Hi Pam! I never thought I'd it that way but I guess we did both meet at work! Ha! Great movie list too :)

Michelle Miles said...

Vicki, that's a wonderful movie. I love that one!

Michelle Miles said...

Hi Allison! Great list of movies! I've alway loved Casablanca. :) Here's looking at you, kid.

Sally Felt said...

Michelle, your folks sure were early adopters of home entertainment toys! Did your dad get a chance to see the emergence of HD? (I'm fuzzy on the tech timeline, obviously.) Thank you for sharing their story.

I second Bailey's vote for "The Mummy." And how is it I'm the first to mention, "Romancing the Stone?"

Robena Grant said...

I adore French Kiss for contemporary, and It Happened One Night for an old-time B&W movie.

RoseAnn DeFranco said...

What a lovely story! Some of my favs have already been listed. I also love "You've Got Mail" I love the set up with the emails, hidden identities, etc.

Michelle Miles said...

Sally, he passed away before that. I suppose I'm a gadget geek because Dad had all the cool stuff. Love Romancing the Stone!

karla eakin said...

Michelle your parents sound so sweet together. I bet your Dad would be in tech heaven right now. I'm a romantic at heart as well. My favorite romantic movies are The Notebook and A Walk To Remember. I think I have a mix of those beautiful loves in my hubby of almost 13 years..I wish you lots of luck in your marriage too..we are movie fanatics too

karla eakin said...

I forgot my all-time favorite though..Gone With The Wind...Frankly my dear I don't give a damn..ooh the way his eyes got all fierce..I loved Captain Butler

Jennifer Haddad said...

Sabrina. Both the original and the remake.

Michelle Miles said...

Great movies, Robena!

Michelle Miles said...

Another good one, RoseAnn!

Michelle Miles said...

Great list, Karla. Thanks for coming by!!

Michelle Miles said...

I agree - both are great! Thanks for coming by Jennifer. :)

Michelle Miles said...

I haven't see that on, Donna. Will have to check it out.

Karilyn Bentley said...

What a sweet story of how your parents met! Loved it! Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Bartles said...

Pretty Woman

Michelle Miles said...

RoseAnne DeFranco - you won the ebook copy of A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER! Please message me at michelle@michellemiles.net and let me know what format and I will get it to you.

Armenia said...

I'm trying to catch up and missed on your giveaway, but wanted to enter for the big one. Happy Valentines Day, Michele.

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Kim V said...

I've always had a soft spot for Cinema Paradiso.