Every time I’m in a room with that man, he stares at me. Constantly. It’s like I’m a traffic accident and he just can’t look away.
Is it any wonder, then, that for her vows, Leslie told Ben “The things that you have done for me to help me, support me, surprise me, to make me happy, go above and beyond what any person deserves. You’re all I need. I love you and I like you.” There’s very little in popular culture that would have told Leslie, or that tells any woman, that she’ll find a partner who isn’t just happy to be supportive when it’s a fit, but who, when his interests and hers are in conflict, will prioritize hers, and choose and work to support them again and again. And there’s something remarkable about Ben’s declaration that “In my time working for the state government, my job sent me to 46 cities in 11 years. I lived in villages with eight people, rural communities, farming towns, I was sent to every corner of Indiana. And then I came here, and I realized this whole time I was wandering around everywhere looking for you.” Ben didn’t just find Leslie. In looking for the recovery of his own reputation, Ben found Leslie’s career instead, and made it his cause—the man’s come so far that he’s even capable of being touched by what appears to be the mysterious resurrection of Lil’ Sebastian.
For another couple, it might have been bizarre for the bride to wear a dress that’s made of headlines and documents about her career, but for Ben and Leslie, it’s perfect. Working together on projects like the Harvest Festival and her election didn’t just bring Ben and Leslie together and then closer as a couple—it was a core substance of their relationship and a reflection of their mutual values. And showing us a relationship like that is one of the reasons I don’t just love Parks and Recreation: I like it, too" - Alyssa Rosenberg on Leslie and Ben’s wedding. Reading the article just made me cry all over again (via deardarkness)
“In the season two finale, ‘Freddy Spaghetti,’ they exchange a smile when she walks off, and as soon as I saw that I knew not only were they going to get together but they are never going to break up.” - Mike Schur
“In my time working for the state government, my job sent me to 46 cities in 11 years. I lived in villages with 8 people, rural farming communities, college-towns; I lived in every corner of Indiana - and then I came here. I realized that this whole time, I was just… wandering around, everywhere, just looking for you.”
“The things that you have done for me; to help me, support me, surprise me, to make me happy - above and beyond what any person deserves - you’re all I need.”
“Let’s get married. Tonight.”
let’s just say screw it
Leslie: Oh my god, what are you doing?
Ben: I’m thinking about my future. I’m deeply, ridiculously in love with you, and above anything else, I want to be with you forever. So, Leslie Knope, will you—
Leslie: Wait! I need to remember this, give me a second. I need to remember every little thing about how perfect my life is right now at this exact moment.
Ben: Leslie Knope, will you—
Top 10 Ships of 2012: 1. Leslie/Ben (Parks and Recreation)