By Vivian Moreau
Conspiring mothers, a protective waiter, and a distracting three year old were just three catalysts to finding love, submitted by Pique Newsmagazine readers. And those loves won some pretty cool gifts for sharing their stories as part of our three-week online Be Our Valentine contest.
We asked readers to write in and tell us about the first day they met their loves and received 200 entries in response. Pique publisher’s assistant Aimee Larivee culled through submissions, reading many aloud to production staff groans, guffaws and cheers. Because of the difficulty in choosing from the quantity and variety of offerings, four honourable mentions were also chosen.
And the winners are:
1. Rob Schertzer, 45, from Vancouver, who doesn’t mind admitting their mothers brought he and wife Laura together. Schertzer recalled how their mothers connected while leaving synagogue after Yom Kippur. His now mother-in-law asked his mother if he was single. “My mother sadly said, ‘No, he’s divorced.’ Without missing a beat, her mom said, ‘Oh good, ready to start again!’” Rob and Laura have been married for 13 years and have two children.
The couple wins a one-night stay at the Edgewater Lodge, a $150 gift certificate for Rimrock restaurant, a $100 gift basket from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and two weeks unlimited doggy day care from Whistler’s Dog’s Paw.
2. Pemberton resident Katherine Fawcett, 39, on the importance of tea:
“I invited you in for tea. You accepted. I didn’t even have a tea pot.”
For her cryptic but telling submission, Fawcett wins one night at Adara Hotel, a $150 gift certificate for Ric’s Grill and a $100 certificate from Keir Fine Jewellery.
3. An underage Sheila Banks badgered a waiter to serve her a beer. He refused but asked her out for a date. “Thirty five years later we are still married and I still don’t drink beer,” Banks said. The couple will enjoy one night at the Crystal Lodge, a $100 gift certificate from the Cinnamon Bear Bar & Grille and $290 infrared sauna package for two from Aqua del Sol.
4. In praise of puppy love: Whistler resident Adam Protter’s story about meeting his future wife at the pediatrician’s office when he was four. Throwing a screaming fit in anticipation of a blood test his future wife’s aplomb calmed the situation.
“A little girl, three years old, with golden, curly hair walked up and started singing to me. When I stopped crying she patted me on the cheek and told me not to be afraid. All I could do was stare in stunned amazement. We still have the beautiful dish Dr. Cole sent as a wedding gift 20 years later.”