Man marries his preschool crush - 20 years after first declaring his love for her
A man who predicted he'd marry his preschool sweetheart when he was just three years old has tied the knot with her 20 years later.
Matt Grodsky married Laura Scheel in December, and said one of his very first memories is "of being three years old and standing up in front of my preschool class, declaring that I would marry her someday".
Their romantic story gained wider attention when details and pictures were published by the Instagram account 'The Way We Met'.
He said: "As kids, Laura taught me how to ride the swings, draw rolling hills, and the 'right way' to properly eat string cheese.
"I was enamoured with Laura as a child, and I still am to this day," he added.
He has spoken of his memories growing up in Arizona, of playing hide and seek with Laura, and staying awake together even during nap time.
They lost touch when they went to elementary school, and Matt said that for the next seven years they would only see each other's faces on family Christmas cards that were exchanged.
A mutual friend re-introduced them in high school, and they dated ever since. Then, in May 2015, he said he "decided to stay true to my preschool pledge" and proposed to her "in the place it all began … (outside) our preschool classroom".
"Laura and I met in preschool. One of my very first memories is of being 3 years old and standing up in front of my pre-school class, declaring that I would marry her someday. As kids, Laura taught me how to ride the swings, draw rolling hills, and the 'right way' to properly eat string cheese. We have fond memories of playing hide-and-go-seek, chasing after each other on the playground, and mischievously staying up during nap time. I was enamored with Laura as a child, and I still am to this day. Eventually, we lost touch upon entering our Elementary School days and for the next seven years, our family's annual Christmas cards was the only way we ever saw each other's faces. It wasn't until High School that we reconnected by happenstance through a mutual friend. Within two weeks, we decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend. We continued to date through out all of High School, even though we went to different schools. We even stuck together long-distance while attending colleges in different states. We remained a resilient couple until May 23rd, 2015 when I decided to stay true to my preschool pledge and make Laura my wife. I proposed to her at the place it all began... our preschool classroom."
She thought they were there just there for a picnic, but Matt got down on one knee and asked her to marry him, and she accepted. Matt's secret to catching her eye in the first place? His skills at smashing open a piñata.
He told Huffington Post: "I remember trying to impress her during a Cinco De Mayo celebration at the preschool where we were trying to break open a piñata. Fortunately I was the kid who managed to do it and I assumed it got her attention."
Independent News Service