These 13-Word Love Stories In Honor Of Modern Love's 13th Birthday Will Make You Emotional
If you want to get an idea of what real relationships and love stories look like, the Modern Love section of the New York Times isn't a bad place to start. It's a series of personal essays, mostly submitted by readers, that celebrate and examine everything surrounding modern relationships. The section just had its 13th birthday and — in fitting celebration — they asked readers to tweet their love stories. The catch? They had to be limited to 13 words — which feels short, even for Twitter.
And I have to say, they're pretty moving. I guess the New York Times readers have a special way with words because whether they're serious or a bit more frivolous, most of these pack a punch. If I had to do it I'd probably immediately start working out how to fit a joke about a bagel into 13 words, but these tweeters weren't afraid to be a whole lot more genuine as they shared their loves stories. Though there are definitely some funny ones, too.
There are so many that are worth looking at, but if you want to get a taste of what people have to say, here are some of my favorites. From the serious to the less than serious, they all show just how unique everyone's love story is.
1This Modern Truth
We both swiped right lighting a fire that would warm our hearts.— Spook 'Em! 🎃 (@AssassinSquid) October 29, 2017
I mean, to be honest, at this point I feel like almost everyone I know has a story that starts this way. Soon we'll be telling people about couples who didn't mean online or through a dating app.
2A Bold Look
A jaded girl and one set of great eyebrows across a patio table.😘 🤷🏻♀️💆🏾♂️ @KingDurand— MangoPapaya Salsa (@BeingGraziella) October 30, 2017
Never underestimate the power of a strong set of brows. Also, I have to take a minute to acknowledge that "MagnoPapaya Salsa" is now my favorite name that I've ever seen on Twitter.
We met on Christmas in NYC. Got married 3 days later in LA— Olivia DiVona (@Livordie) October 25, 2017
Now, that's a fast turnaround. But they sound pretty happy about it — so it looks like life does come at you fast. And sometimes true love does, too.
3Whatever This Means
"I was sad. He sent me dinosaur erotica. I knew it was love."— meredith schwartz (@meredithblumoff) October 26, 2017
I'm not 100 percent sure what this means or what dinosaur erotica actually entails. But I do know that the next time I'm sad that this is what I'm going to try to make cheer me up.
4This Romantic Tune
We met through music, now we are both singing to the same song— Sarah Frances (@theesassysarah) October 29, 2017
I told you — some of them really have a way with words. And if Shakespeare thought that music was the food of love, then they just might be on to something here.
Best of friends, turned lovers, turned partners. Different languages, same sense of humour.— Misha (@mynameisntjorge) October 25, 2017
I've always thought that a strong foundation of friendship was a great basis for a relationship — and it seems to have worked for them. Different languages don't matter so much if you have friendship and laughter.
6Tea Is Love
True love: each morning he asks, smiling, "cup of tea?". Tea is love.— Jenny Kemp (@jennykemp) October 25, 2017
This is too true. It's not the big gestures, it's all the little things that fill our day to day. Someone making you soup every time your sick or bringing you a surprise coffee in bed. It means a lot more than the big stuff sometimes.
Married 20 yrs. Raised 3 kids. He still puts up with me. Sainthood!— Niki Cook (@mrs_n_cook) October 26, 2017
I have to say, sometimes I feel that. If you've ever looked at your partner and just thought, "How do they put up with me!?" then you know what I'm talking about.
8This Important Truth
All I needed was to love myself and then I could love others!— Sara Spector (@Miriam2626) October 25, 2017
The first step toward any great love story is learning how to love yourself. And for some people, that's the whole story — and that's totally fine.
He loved me though five brain surgeries, thereby giving me strength to start anew.— mary (@MDescombaz) October 25, 2017
You want to talk about commitment? That's a love story that shows just how strong a couple can be. If they can get through that, they can get through anything.
She is perfectly imperfect, and that's what makes all the difference in love— Austin Davis (@Austin_Davis17) October 29, 2017
It's not about being a perfect person, because nobody is. But a strong relationship comes from when you can accept those imperfections— and they're compatible with yours. That's what you really need.
11Learning To Love Again
Once trampled heart found support of love in his arms,— Simran SAsa (@simran_sasa) October 27, 2017
proposed them forever......
Many of us have had that "trampled heart feeling" once — or more than once— in our lives. But sometimes people help us put it back together and make a relationship that's stronger than any that came before.
Love is, All the pain I felt disappeared when I met you— Zila (@nazila13) October 29, 2017
Sometimes one person can make everything totally different.
13This Charming Introduction
@nbahadur Friend's party, he smiles, says, "I wish I could meet you every week."— Alexandra Rosas (@GDRPempress) October 26, 2017
This is something straight out of The Notebook. Sometimes, the cheesy lines really do do the trick.
14This Harsh Truth
What made me fall in love eventually became why I left him forever.— MellyMed🦋 (@mel_med_larson) October 25, 2017
Yikes. Not all love stories have a happy ending. You can look back at them and still see how significant they are — even when they break your heart.
15Acceptance Of The Situation
He only loved me as a friend. That’s all the love I need.— Karl (@niethoe) October 25, 2017
... and not all great loves love you back. Sometimes, you just learn to live with the current situation. Sometimes that's enough.
16A Personal Story
I deserve love, but just not yet, I am still learning to give.— Ese A. (@MelanchoLazia) October 29, 2017
Some people are still working on the relationship they have with themselves. And that's totally OK too.
Two cross country scientists that neither distance, depression, or death could ever separate.— Lizzette (@marmotia) October 25, 2017
That is a punch in the gut. Some love stories keep going, no matter what.
Everybody's love story is a little different. Some are tales of epic devotion, some are more playful, and some are just getting started. But these tweets show you the range of emotions and experience that can lead to a life-changing relationship. And all in 13 words or less.