I've been in a relationship and wondered, does he love me? Some hombres aren't so quick to utter those three little words; often times, women say it first, even if we fear the love won't be reciprocated.
Oh, but when it is, it feels magnificent, doesn't it? There's no greater feeling than knowing the man you adore loves you right back.
The following Latinos made their mujeres very happy. They told us how they met their true love, and how they knew she was the one.
Rich, 35, Oakland Park, FL
How they met: Rich, a Puerto Rican from Brooklyn, met Ambar, a creative Dominicana, in a very original way.
"We were in Fort Dix, NJ., completing a marksmanship exercise with our unit," he said. At the time, they were both 20-years-old, and were both in the Army Reserves.
How he knew he was in love: "I knew she was the one on two occasions, and one pretty much cemented the other," he recalled. "We went on a date to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she knew so much about art and architecture. It blew me away." Ambar studied dance, and Rich studied writing, so the two had a creative connection from the start. "It felt natural that we bonded in an art museum," he told us.
During the second outing, it was clear to Rich that Ambar was the chica for him. "We went to a fast food joint, and we were having a conversation about what books and authors we liked," he said, "She said she was a die hard Anne Rice fan. So, not only did she love to read, she was a cheap date. I had to have her!"
And he did! Rich and Ambar have now been married for 10 years. They are the proud parents of a baby boy and girl.
Dave, 35, New York, NY
How they met: Originally from Washington Heights, a primarily Dominican neighborhood in upper Manhattan, Dave attended the same university as Molly. Dave was a senior the same year Molly was a freshman, so they didn't interact. However, Molly knew of Dave.
Fast forward to 2012, a decade later, and Molly and Dave are at Three Sheets Saloon in NYC for a mutual friend's going away party. They just connected.
How he knew he was in love: "I knew we were in love, like definitely in love, after we moved in together," Dave said. “"God, the place was always a mess. It looked like robbers found a way inside and were pissed to find all these clothes from the Gap and Nordstrom Rack."
He realized he could deal with the mess, because he loved her. "Moving in and living with someone, learning when their energy is at their greatest and weakest, and learning about one another's little idiosyncrasies can either make or break a relationship," Dave mused. "For us, living together made us." In fact, the two have just gotten engaged.
Jonathan, 33, New Jersey
How they met: For those of you who say you can't find love in the club, we have a story for you. Jonathan met Joanna, an Ecuadorian and Irish beauty, while on the dance floor. That's all they needed to begin their courtship and fall head over heels in love.
How he knew he was in love: For Jonathan, it was love at first sight. "The way I made her smile, how I felt when she looked at me — I never felt so connected to anyone in my whole life, and this was just from a few hours of dancing and talking together," he said.
Their connection soon led to a romance and eventually a wedding. "She barely knew me and she helped me move," he continued. "She sat with my grandmother and heard our family history, and she didn't run away!"
After five years as a couple, four years as husband and wife and a baby boy, Jonathan has no doubt that Joanna is his other half. "She is my dance partner, my 5 a.m. breakfast buddy after a night out on the town, [and] the one person I want to share the rest of my life with."
This article was originally published at Latina. Reprinted with permission from the author.