These Romantic Love Stories From Life in Quarantine Will Move You

Life in quarantine has yielded the kinds of love stories we thought were reserved for romance novels.

At first glance, life in quarantine doesn't seem like a breeding ground for romance. It sounds more like a time for single people to swipe through dating apps and for couples to bicker endlessly. And while those two things are undoubtedly happening around the country, the lockdown has also opened up new opportunities for romance. Now that the option of physical connection has been taken away from us, many people are realizing just how important it is, and the rules of social distancing are making people get creative. Here are a few love stories from life in quarantine that'll make your heart swell.

This couple met on their balconies and went on a date in a bubble.

While self-isolating in his Brooklyn apartment, photographer Jeremy Cohen looked out of his window and saw a beautiful woman dancing alone on her rooftop and decided he just "needed to say hi to her." He went out on his balcony and waved and she waved back. So he grabbed a piece of paper, wrote down his phone number, taped it to a drone, and flew it over to her. Presumably, she was impressed by this grand gesture, because the woman—whose name is Tori— texted him an hour later.

"Flirting is normally daunting for me, but since I've been quarantined in my apartment for a week now, I was craving some social interaction," he said in an Instagram video posted on Mar. 22.

So they went out on a dinner date. But what about social distancing, you say? Jeremy set up a table on his balcony, and Tori set up a similar one on her rooftop, and they FaceTimed while eating their "organic microwavable dinners" together.

"Depending on how long this lasts, I might end up in a long-distance relationship with a woman who lives across the street from me," he said in a follow-up video on Instagram.

But that's not all. Jeremy then grabbed a bouquet of flowers, crafted some sort of giant inflatable balloon, and took her out for what has to be one of the strangest looking socially distant walks in history.

Let's hope these two stand the test of time!

This man proposed to his girlfriend "in Paris."

Luke McClung of Fredericksburg, Virginia, was planning on proposing to his girlfriend, Erika Diffendall, while on a trip to Paris to visit her sister in March. But when the trip was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, he decided to bring Paris to her.

"He took me to the alley leading to Market Square where he had drawn a big picture of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in chalk," Erika told News 4 San Antonio.

She said yes, and now they'll have a great memory they can share forever. "Fredericksburg has become a home to us, so it made it even more special that he made such a beautiful experience out of a crazy and stressful situation," she said.

And this elderly man serenaded his wife through the window of her nursing home.

Since people over 60 are the most susceptible to complications due to coronavirus, many states have banned nursing home visitors. But that didn't stop John Kline from letting his wife know that he is always with her.

John has visited Ann—his wife of 45 years—night after night at the John Knox Manor Nursing Home in Montgomery, Alabama, throughout her battle with Alzheimer's over the last 17 years. And he wasn't going to let distance stop him from being in her life. So, John decided to sing "Amazing Grace" to Ann through the nursing home window in a viral video that (fair warning) is bound to make you cry.

"I've always said how much I love her, 'til death do us part," he told a local USA Today affiliate. "But I'm trying to make the statement that no matter what happens, there's no reason to give up on love. If she gets where she doesn't know me, I will still go see her, because I will still know her."

Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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