How do you know when you are in love? No 1-800-line psychic will tell you. No notice sent by registered mail. Not even a ping from your iPhone. But there are a million ways of figuring it out, and we’ve asked some people when they knew. Here is one way:
When you’re a vegetarian and you suddenly want to eat bacon.
Rebecca Krohn, 35, a principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, was performing in “The Nutcracker” when she started dating a fellow dancer, Adam Hendrickson, 36. “You’re dancing in eight shows a week, and your body is incredibly depleted,” she said. Every night after the production that holiday season in 1999, she and Mr. Hendrickson would go to a diner to eat. A vegetarian of five years at the time, she sat across from him feeling an extreme level of exhaustion. He handed her a piece of bacon off his plate.
“You need the protein,” he said. “You’re going to feel so much better.”
She hesitated, but she could see how concerned he was. He knew her body was depleted, and he understood firsthand the mental and physical demands of being a dancer. She took the bacon.
“It seems silly now,” she said. “But it meant so much to me. As an athlete, you need so much protein, and I just wasn’t taking care of myself.” They married in 2011.