Way before two people fall in ~love~, they're just two strangers meeting for the first time.
Now, according to the movies, you're supposed to just "know" when you've met "the one," but as anyone who's ever experienced anything real in life can and will tell you, what happens in the movies isn't usually how the story goes.
To be honest, I don't even really remember my first impression of my boyfriend the day we met. In my defense, we were at a bar called the "Sloppy Tuna," and I was so drunk, I literally had to store his name in my phone as "Brian (Sloppy Tuna)," so I could remember exactly who he was when I sobered up.
So yeah, my first impression wasn't exactly what fairy tales and story books are written about. But I will say, I knew I liked him, and for the first time in a while, I was really excited about someone I had met.
That being said, did I know he'd go on to be my first long-term boyfriend? Absolutely not.
A recent Reddit thread asked men to share their first impressions of their girlfriends long before they knew they were ever going to date.
Read along as these guys share their sometimes questionable and most of the time adorable responses:
It was love at first sight.
He loved her smile.
It was her style that did it for him.
It was her style that didn't do it for him initially.
He knew she was going to be an important player in his life.
They go way back to third grade.
She was nice but plain.
Even though there was a sadness to her, she was incredible.
Her smile combined with her accent sent him over the edge.
She was chatty... in a good way.
She excluded him in a group project.
He thought she was the prettiest girl in his class.
All he could think was "wow."
He thought she was way out of his league.
And, boy, did she prove him WRONG.