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Sometimes you just know.

You know those stories of love at first sight? Those happen. Other times, people go out on a few dates with someone and realize at some point that they're going to spend the rest of their lives with that person.

Romantic, right? Many of us wish we could be so lucky!

After Redditor PNWNative1992 asked the online community, "What was your 'I'm gonna marry this girl/guy' moment?" people shared some of their stories and we have to admit that our cold, dead hearts can barely stand it! It's so beautiful!

"I slipped..."

I was in a terrible accident at work. I slipped while carrying hot fryer oil. I burned both of my legs and my foot pretty severely when the oil had filled my boot. I was taken to the hospital.

Cell phones were a new thing and both me and my girlfriend, that I had just moved in with, had one. My phone had gotten destroyed so I didn't have her number, the only number I could remember was my mom's. They called my mom and I told her she needed to go tell my girlfriend what had happened.

The resulting burns required skin grafts and a lengthy hospital stay. My girlfriend came and sat by my bedside every night after work. She advocated for me when I was looped out of my mind on painkillers. She was next to me when I rehabilitated and struggled to walk again.

She has always been very squeamish about blood and injuries. She freaked out when I would show her cuts and other injuries I would get while working.

After three weeks in the hospital, with bandage changes daily, I was told that I could go home but only if I could change my own bandages. It was hard to bend and I knew that I wouldn't be able to. My girlfriend grabbed some latex gloves, put them on and told the nurse to show her what to do.

I remember thinking right then and there that this was the person I wanted in my corner for the rest of my life.


"I was having the worst day ever..."

When my girlfriend came to my room (we live on campus, she came to my dorm room) and just gave me a hug.

I was having the worst day ever, had finals coming up, problems with friends, got fired from my job on campus, but I didn't tell her any of it.

She just showed up, gave me a long, comfy hug, kissed my forehead and told me she loved me. Any anxiety over finals or sadness from previous things I mentioned melted away. Immediately.


"I had that moment..."

I had that moment when she went to pour us some coffee, and put back the mug she had chosen for me and took out my favourite mug instead.

Something so small, but she paid attention to the mug I always used and then chose to bring that one to me I felt all the love I had already been feeling inside. We are married 3 years now.


"The first time I went to the movies..."

When I was a teenager, I worked at a movie theater concession stand. On breaks, we were allowed to have some free popcorn. After a while, plain ol' popcorn can get pretty boring, so I started dipping it in nacho cheese. It's absolutely delicious. Even as an adult, I would always purchase a side of nacho cheese for my popcorn anytime I went to the movies.

The first time I went to the movies with my wife, she ordered a side of nacho cheese for our popcorn. I'd never met another person in my life that did that. I knew right then that she was special.

Three years later, we served popcorn with nacho cheese during the cocktail hour at our wedding.

And yes, I know that mine is pretty cheesy.


"He never sings..."

I was sick laying in a hotel bed with barely any energy and he turns on American jazz music. He begins singing and dancing around the room to help bring me joy.

He never sings and he hates dancing. His first language isn't English, he didn't grow up in the U.S., nor does he live there, we're both relatively young late 20s/early 30s. We also live, separately, on two different continents.

I immediately pictured him doing this in our future house while ironing on the weekend preparing for the work week and thought to myself, this could be fun.


"I always had trouble..."

This is going to sound super cliché but here goes.

I always had trouble finding girls who would like to date me. Had quite a few girls who were friends but none wanted to take it that step further. I was very shy and awkward around girls. Well I dated a bit but nothing too long term. My longest relationship was 3 weeks... Sad I know... I was also super cynical and was getting to the opinion that love didn't exist and I'd never find anyone who would even look at me twice.

Well one of my girlfriend's knew a girl who was recently single. She was my age and lived about 45 minutes away from me. She sent me her number and said "go for it."

The first time I called her I was pacing around outside a friend's house in a cold sweat. When she answered the phone, I completely fluffed my carefully rehearsed lines and actually asked her if I could start again. She said OK and I took a deep breath and started again.

We met up at a little coffee shop in a mall near her house at about 5pm. By 11:30 we had to say goodbye because we had been talking while they were packing the tables and chairs away.

Walking to my car after saying goodbye was the moment I knew, I HAD to marry this girl!

We celebrate our 7th anniversary early next year and have two boys who are the absolute light of our lives.


"Her saying that..."

We were lying in bed together and by that point in our relationship it was already pretty obvious that we were going to be getting married eventually. We were together for six years and I had been away for almost 18 months in Iraq with the US Army. Eventually we talked about marriage and I told her that if we got married I probably wouldn't be able to afford a fancy wedding or anything. She turned on her elbow and looked at me and laughed and said, and I quote, "A big wedding is an American girls dream. I'm a small town Russian girl. We get married in a courthouse."

Her saying that eliminated ay tiny lingering doubt I had in my mind. We ended up getting married in our city's courthouse a month later. Her mom and the judge's secretary were witnesses. Later that afternoon we took her mom and my dad out for lunch at my wife's favorite restaurant. We've been married for about 14 years now. And while we struggled financially a little bit because of schooling and having a baby before I was able to find post-military/post-college permanent work (I worked a lot of contract jobs after graduating college) we eventually got to a point where the only thing we owe anything on is the house. No student loans, no car payments, no credit card debts....nothing that can't be paid off with one of our paychecks. Small town Russian girls are no joke when it comes to figuring out finances.


"I'm a lucky guy."

I saw her at a party, didn't know anything about her. Saw a cute girl in a long colorful skirt with curly hair swaying as she walked towards her car. There were a hundred people there but I didn't notice any of them.

I got her number from a friend who worked with her. I'm pretty socially awkward, don't like talking on the phone and a little deaf. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and called her. My friend had told her about me. She knew of me but only what our friend had told her, which wasn't very flattering.

We talked for 6 hours on the phone, she hinted at meeting up, I was oblivious. She had to come right out and say let's meet up. We met at a gas station near by and talked the rest of the night away.

We've been together 22.5 years, have 3 kids and I have a career I'd never have pursued without her. I knew she was special from the minute I laid eyes on her. She is the smartest, prettiest, most hard working woman I've ever met and with all my flaws she still loves me. I'm a lucky guy.


"I volunteer at a railroad museum..."

I volunteer at a railroad museum as an engineer. I brought my girlfriend along for a ride and let her take the throttle for a few minutes.

When you come to a railroad crossing, there's a proscribed whistle signal (long-long-short-long) you're supposed to blow. Without my prompting she grabbed the cord and signalled.

Without thinking I blurted out "I love you."


"My husband and I got together..."

My husband and I got together when we was 16. When we first started dating he asked me to come to his room since we was teenagers I thought he wanted to do something sexual but instead he showed me the game trailers to skyrim and from that moment on I knew I wanted to spend my life with him.


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The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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