This professor’s story about realizing he was in love is defrosting hearts everywhere

Some professors during your college career will be largely unremarkable and ultimately forgettable. Others will remain in your memory purely based on whether or not they had an impact on your emotional life.

One Ohio professor is clearly doing his job in this regard, as one of his recent personal stories about love has successfully melted the hearts of cynics everywhere.

It all started when Dan West, an assistant professor at Ohio University, allowed one of his communications classes to ask him anything pertaining to the class’ most recent unit on love and relationships. The students wrote down their questions on notecards, and the ones that were picked were read aloud and answered by West.

As BuzzFeed reports:

One of the questions he received and read aloud was, “How do you (know) when you’re in love?”

“It just hits you, you can’t expect it and you can’t plan for it,” West responded in a simple answer.

Then, he used his own story of falling in love with his wife Vicki in 1993 as an anecdote.

“We had just come from a movie and stopped by a grocery store so I could buy some food for the next day. We were looking at ice cream and as I watched her choosing I realized that I was going to be buying groceries with her for the rest of my life,” he told the class.

He proposed shortly afterward, and the two got married in September of 1993.


One of West’s students, Tori, subsequently tweeted about the sweet anecdote.

People’s hearts utterly melted.

Although some people made it clear that they found this sort of professorial attitude to be totally uncharacteristic.

A few Twitter users weren’t impressed by the simple story, and didn’t really think it deserved to go viral.

However, as one person explained, the story does a pretty excellent job of summing up the sort of relationship we hope to have with our significant others.

So … perhaps we should all just cut to the chase and hit the grocery store if we’re looking for love?

Unless that’s not how this theory works.

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