When CBC Radio's The Early Edition asked for your most romantic stories, the tales both warmed and broke our hearts. Whether you're happily single this Valentine's Day or you've found the one, these tales of true love remind us all that romance lives.
"There I was hula hooping, looking at the moon"
Catherine Aire's husband, Sholto, was horrified by her plans to celebrate her 40th birthday with a flaming hula hoop on the beach. Still, he managed to pack a hula hoop filled with LED lights for a trip to Mexico - no easy task when travelling with three young kids! As the birthday girl danced under the moon, Sholto gave her special glasses to see 3-D hearts floating in the sky. Maybe the best gift of all is having someone who makes your wildest dreams comes true?
"With no internet, skype or even the ability to make calls we collected the tangible evidence of our commitment and love."
It was 1988 when Gjoa Andrichuk met Tucker, the love of her life,at UBC. Before marrying the following year, Tucker spent time in Europe and it was during these 93 days that the two penned letters expressing their love.
"We would say we loved each other... more than all the microbes in all the oceans of the world. Or more than all the stars and all the galaxies in the universe." , Gjio says.
Tragically, Tucker's life with Gjoa came to a sudden end when he died in 1992. She still holds all their letters in a keepsake box and says that "no one could ever fill my heart like the love Tucker and I shared or wrote about."
"Ask her out, you'll have a good time!"
It was just supposed to be one night to share a beer and some laughs.
When Elizabeth Austin's friend scribbled her name and number on a piece of paper and handed it to a mutual friend, the blind date wasn't expected to go much further than a nice night. But three daughters, two grandchildren and 43 years later, the romance is still very much alive for Elizabeth and her husband. The best part? He still keeps that scrap of paper with her name and number scribbled across.