Stephen Colbert does a question and answer session before each of his Late Show tapings, and during one a guest recently asked him how he knew his wife was “the one.” Colbert launched into an incredible, beautiful, moving, lovely, heartwarming story about it. Seriously. I’m not being snarky, this is in complete earnest — it’s one of the most delightful things I’ve seen in a while. Because Colbert is so passionate, so excited to tell the story, and clearly really loves his wife. Which is really nice, you know?

If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, here are the cliff notes: Basically, when Colbert was younger, he was dating this girl, and she told him to “fish or cut bait,” meaning he had to marry her or stop dating her. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to marry her or not, so he went home to Charleston to take a week to think about it. He told his mom what was up, and she was like, “‘I don’t know’ isn’t good enough,” so it became clear to Colbert that he would not marry that person.

So then he goes to this play while he’s in Charleston, and he sees this beautiful woman across the lobby wearing a black linen dress (that detail really stuck with me). After the play, they’re at the same party, and he realizes that they grew up together — she’d gone to an all-girls school, and he’d gone to the all-boys equivalent. So they talk for two hours, and he mentions this poet he loves whose work he can’t find anymore, and a guy turns around and tells him that poet is that guy’s dad.

So Colbert is like, the stars are aligning here, and then he quotes The Odyssey on stage as he’s telling this story, which is for some reason really lovely. And then he says that he wasn’t sure if that beautiful woman was only talking to him because she was being polite, so he turned around for a bit to see if she’d leave.

But she didn’t. And now they’re married. And now maybe we all believe in true love a little bit more.

 

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