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To wonder how your parents and grandparents met?

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Daisywellies Mon 20-Jul-15 14:43:07

In a world where so many couples seem to meet on line or through work it would be nice to hear of how couples met years ago when the internet didn't exist and people didn't work the long hours they do nowadays.

My parents met through friends; one set of grandparents met when my grandfather knocked my grandmother over with his bike outside the local library, the other when my grandmother served my granddad in a tea shop.

GrouchyKiwi Mon 20-Jul-15 14:47:17

My parents met via church and their parents when they were both very small.

My maternal grandparents met at church youth club in their 20s.

My paternal grandparents met when her family moved from north to south Holland after WW2. They moved in across the street and used to make eyes at each other from their bedrooms. Apparently.

ThreeBeanRap Mon 20-Jul-15 14:52:59

My parents met at uni.

My maternal grandparents met when my grandfather's family used to holiday in my grandmother's town.

My paternal grandparents lived a few streets away from each other and just met through being local kids.

HamishBamish Mon 20-Jul-15 14:53:17

My parents met at the police station. My GF was a policeman and my father had been arrested after a student party got rather out of hand. My mother was there delivering my GF's supper (my GM used to send her down with a hot supper for him when he was on evening shift).

My grandparents met at a dance. They were married less than 6 months later. It transpired that my GM was 3 months pregnant with my mother by the time of the wedding. They were perfect for each other and completely devoted.

IAmAPaleontologist Mon 20-Jul-15 14:54:26

My father's older brother employed a young, French aupair to look after his 3 small children. one day my father went to visit his brother. he visited rather frequently after that grin .

SurlyCue Mon 20-Jul-15 14:56:30

My parents met due to both working in the same town, mum in the supermarket and dad in the jewellers, i guess their paths crossed.

One set of grandparents i dont know about, other set, my grandfather was an evacuee to my grandmother's town and when the war ended his mother moved to the town too so they stayed. Not sure of exact circumstances of meeting though.

hellsbellsmelons Mon 20-Jul-15 14:56:43

My mum and dad met when they worked in the same pub.
No idea about grandparents though.

DoeEyedNear Mon 20-Jul-15 15:00:22

Parents met at work

Grandparents on one side is extremely complicated...nan was dating one guy, Grandad is his best friend, when Grandad died nan married original guy.

Not sure of other grandparents but there is a 20 year age gap between them.

roofio87 Mon 20-Jul-15 15:00:49

Both sets if grandparents met at work, one in a lab during ww2, my grandad couldn't fight and my nan went to work there to fill in the gaps of those who had gone to fight. and the others were a dr and a nurse who met in the hospital.
my parents lived next door to eachother in their early 20s. They met in the December and were married by the next October!!

CMOTDibbler Mon 20-Jul-15 15:01:20

My parents met through a coincidental meeting at a guide camp - my mum was a leader, dad was helping dig ditches as it was flooding. He'd have never been there otherwise.

Mums parents met as grandad was a friend of nanas sisters boyfriend/husband (not sure of chronology) as they worked together at NPL.

Not sure on dads parents - they were on/off for a long time though, and at one point she huffed off to a town 50 miles away and he'd cycle to see her

SunnyBaudelaire Mon 20-Jul-15 15:01:43

I think my parents met at a student party in London, and got engaged a week later......I guess they were both desperate to get rid of the big V grin
Divorced 15 years later....
No idea about grandparents.

TruJay Mon 20-Jul-15 15:01:54

My grandma and grandad met at a fair at the local park.
An acquaintance asked my grandma to go with her as a friend had let her down and after umming and arring my grandma went along. She met a young man there who turned out to be the brother of the acquaintance. He asked my grandma to hold his coconuts while he went to the toilet (he'd won on the coconut shy) cheeky chap! The rest is history, they were together until my grandad passed away 12 years ago and were finally reunited last year when we lost my grandma. I bloody miss them, they were fab, like parents to us, saw them daily.

toomuchtooold Mon 20-Jul-15 15:04:10

The dancing! That's how all Glaswegian couples met in the 60s, so I'm told. My dad asked my mum if she was dancing and she said she wasn't much of a dancer. My dad was like, don't worry, I'm a great dancer, I'll show you how grin

No idea about grandparents - in laws met when FIL was having an operation on his leg I think and MIL was working in the hospital as a nurse. Set the tone for their relationship as she's been looking after him ever since then

Gatehouse77 Mon 20-Jul-15 15:08:45

My parents met on a beach in the South of France when they were 14.
However, my mother was sent abroad for a year when she was 17 to 'get him out of her system' -sadly, it didn't work...

I think one set of grandparents met whilst my GD was an errand boy in the rag trade and my GM was a model.

GiantGaspingSatanicCyst Mon 20-Jul-15 15:10:04

Parents: in a pub.

Grandparents: probably in a pub.

PercyGherkin Mon 20-Jul-15 15:13:30

My parents met at a ballroom dancing event. (This still baffles me - neither of them gave any indication of liking that kind of thing for the rest of their lives; my mother's partial to a bit of Strictly I guess.).

My maternal grandparents were cousins.

My paternal grandparents were cousins.

Egosumquisum Mon 20-Jul-15 15:22:20

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vitaminC Mon 20-Jul-15 15:23:20

My parents met at university.

Maternal grandparents grew up in the same town and knew each other from around, although my grandma was 2 years older than grandad. Started dating when he bumped into her walking home from playing tennis and offered to carry her racket grin (they were 26 and 28 at the time! )

Paternal grandparents met in the army. My granny trained as a nurse after leaving school and joined the army to travel the world. Grandad was called up during the war. They had to wait until he got demobbed in 1946 to marry, as she was a higher ranking officer and not allowed to marry below her rank!

GoooRooo Mon 20-Jul-15 15:27:02

My maternal grandparents met at school. I have no idea about my fraternal grandparents.

My mum and dad (now divorced) met when he was going out with one of the other nurses in the nurses home she lived in.

I met OH online on a forum not unlike this one but with less women grin in the days where online dating was not a thing and everyone thought we were strange. We lied to most people and said we met in a pub to stop people from thinking we were weird. Since then nearly ALL my single friends have done online dating - some with more success than others.

GoooRooo Mon 20-Jul-15 15:27:39

sigh... paternal not fraternal, obvs

MrsDeVere Mon 20-Jul-15 15:30:06

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Thurlow Mon 20-Jul-15 15:31:11

My mum and dad grew up opposite each other. She was the older girl over the road my dad fancied for ages. He was just the younger annoying kid opposite. Then apparently he went off to do his first few months of police training and came back a new man wink They're the only people they've ever really been with.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 20-Jul-15 15:32:04

My parents met at school.

My grandparents... she was in the WAAF, one of those women pushing the little planes across the board. He was a sergeant in Polish Bomber Command. All very sad and romantic. We think he died over France but there was some secret stuff so who knows. sad

CommanderShepard Mon 20-Jul-15 15:35:58

My mum and stepdad met when DSis and DSB were on a hockey tour abroad and they went along as adult helpers.

My maternal grandparents lived near each other, and Granda always loved Grandma but she was too busy going out dancing and he was really shy so he used to find excuses to visit his future MIL with overstock from his grocery boy job and sit in on a Friday night with her! He won Grandma over eventually and that was it grin

ChwatFeechers Mon 20-Jul-15 15:37:12

My parents met at university.

My maternal grandparents met at work, not too sure about my paternal grandparents, think it was at a dance hall.

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