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Is this the greatest Craigslist 'Missed Connection' ever written?

‘I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972’ Missed Connection tale on Craigslist captures internet hearts

Mark Molloy

Published 04/10/2015 | 14:31

Craigslist Missed Connection: The war vet, not The Notebook's Ryan Gosling, met a girl in the rain
Craigslist Missed Connection: The war vet, not The Notebook's Ryan Gosling, met a girl in the rain

 This may just be the greatest Missed Connection appeal ever posted on Craigslist.

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The poetic post, which sounds like the plot from a Hollywood rom-com, was apparently written by a Vietnam War veteran looking for a woman he met 43 years ago.

Internet sleuths have been fact-checking the details of the extraordinary story, with one suggesting the post may actually be the work of a best-selling author.

In the post, he explains he was ready to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve in 1972 over his feelings of guilt about dropping multiple bombs on Hanoi.

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“How many homes I destroyed, how many lives I ended, I'll never know,” he ponders in the post.

But his outlook changed when he met a girl wearing a teal brown ball gown, later recalling: “I'd never seen anything so beautiful.”

They talked over coffee, only for the woman who “saved his life” to disappear when he popped to the toilet, leaving the author “devastated”.

“When I reached the stools, you were gone. No phone number. No note. Nothing,” he writes.

He explains his friend’s daughter convinced him to cast a “virtual coin into the wishing well of the cosmos” and search for his missed connection on Craigslist.

“I'm an old man now, and only recently did I recount this story to someone for the first time,” he explains.

“In these intervening forty-two years I've lived a good life. I've loved a good woman. I've raised a good man. I've seen the world. And I've forgiven myself. And you were the source of all of it. You breathed your spirit into my lungs one rainy afternoon, and you can't possibly imagine my gratitude.”

He finishes: “So wherever you've been, wherever you are, and wherever you're going, know this: you're with me still.”

Twitter and Reddit users have been discussing the heart-warming post and it appears it was raining on that day in 1972.

One commented: "It was beautifully written, but to the point that it felt like something from a professional writer.

“If it's legit, I hope the guy finds this woman against all odds. If it's fiction, I congratulate the author on a well-written short story that nearly brought a tear to my eye.”

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