The One And Only: How Do You Know If It’s True Love?

By Leslie Mann
Chicago Tribune.

It was “clear from the start,” Sade sings in “Kiss of Life.” “I knew you were the one for me. I swear the whole world could feel my heartbeat.”

How do you know when your true love is “The One”? As Sweetest Day approaches, it falls on Oct. 17 this year, we collected a variety of answers to that question.

“My body tingled every time he touched me. Still does.”
-Mona Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment and executive producer of “Love & Hip Hop” (VH1 series), talking about her husband, Shawn Young

“I was a bachelor living in the woods with a bunch of dogs, and here was a woman who loved me enough to give me a gift certificate for two llamas. (I always wanted a llama.) We got married in our backyard, with our new llamas, Larry and Louie, in the receiving line.”
-Bill Berloni, “From Wags to Riches With Bill Berloni” (Discovery Family), about his wife, Dorothy

“I knew Steven was the one when he waited patiently while I went to an artists residency program for a year.”
-Chelcie Porter, photographer, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

“My daughter, Mary, then 12, kept inviting a neighbor, David, for dinner because he was sad. (His wife had died.) I joke that I had to marry him because I couldn’t afford to keep buying his dinners. But, really, it’s because we shared the same values. We’re both 91 now, and Mary still adores him.”
-Mary Peck Stockton, retired college administrator, Portland, Ore.

“While we were at Ikea, I told Sarah, ‘I know we just started dating, but I’m not going to spend $200 on this table if you don’t want it in your house someday.’ She told me to get the table.”
-Matt Paxton, host of “Hoarders,” regarding Sarah, now his wife

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