So many people have high school sweethearts. But how many people have been part of a love story dating back to preschool? 3-year-old Matt Grodsky proclaimed his love for classmate Laura Scheel in front of the entire class. 20 years later, something unbelievable happened.
When Matt met Laura in the playground of their preschool, he was immediately drawn to her. Matt followed Laura around the playground all day and Laura thought he was a total goofball. However, when she saw his infectious and hilarious sense of humor, she became just as hooked.
Soon Matt and Laura became best friends and they did everything together, from hide-and-seek in the playground to mischievously staying up during nap time. It all seemed pretty innocent for such small children, but no one could have anticipated what would later unfold.
For Matt and Laura, it wasn't enough to see each other at preschool, the two friends started playing on the weekends. They planned play dates and went to the movies together, where Matt would grab Laura's hand during scary scenes. They clearly became inseparable, but no one believed these two could maintain such a close bond.
Matt loved his best friend Laura and was always trying to impress her. His best tactic was to recite catchy lines from Disney's movies like The Lion King. Laura, on the other hand, taught Matt how to swing, how to draw rolling hills, and how to eat string cheese. Everyone knew their friendship was undoubtedly special, but they weren't prepared for what Matt was about to do.
One day, Matt stood up in front of all his preschool classmates and declared that he would marry Laura one day, exclaimed, "Just you wait." Unsurprisingly, his peers laughed at him and no one took his words seriously. However, his prediction wasn't that far off.
When the time came to send Matt and Laura to kindergarten, their parents sent them off to separate schools. It wasn't deliberate, but it was clear that their parents weren't aware of how attached their kids really were.
The pals were upset when they realized they wouldn't be able to play together as much anymore, but they tried to hang out whenever they could.
Unfortunately, as the two finished kindergarten and went on to other grades, they started seeing each other less and less. Later the old friends only kept in touch through their parent's annual Christmas cards. They didn't think much of the past until several years later when something unexpected occured.
Seven years passed and the two old friends no longer eagerly awaited the new Christmas cards. They were growing up and living their own separate lives.
10 years had passed and both Matt and Laura were ready to start high school. Again, they joined different schools, so it seemed unlikely for them to renew contact or to cross paths. Life went on as usual until one day, Laura looked through her friend's phone and noticed a name.
The name was Matt Grodsky! Laura couldn't believe her eyes and asked her friend how she knew Matt. It turned out that the two met in middle school. Laura told her friend about her and Matt's preschool romance, but she decided it was best not to think too much about it. However, her friend had other ideas.
When Laura's friend heard that Matt and Laura had been preschool sweethearts, she had a good idea. She told Laura she wanted to set her up with Matt again, but Laura was hesitant at first. Despite Laura's reservations, her friend went ahead and gave Matt Laura's number.
Soon enough, Laura received a text from Matt about meeting up. When they met up again, it was like no time had passed. Just like when they were in preschool, they hit it off right away. Within two weeks of meeting, Laura and Matt were officially dating. But with college on the horizon, things were about to change again.
Soon, however, it was time for college, and everything was going to get trickier again. It was time for Matt and Laura to rethink their relationship because once again, they would attend different colleges in different states.
Eventually, Matt and Laura decided they would go away to their respective colleges, but would try to make a long-distance relationship work even with 1,600 miles between them. While distance may not have made their hearts grow fonder when they were kids, this time it was different.
They didn't want to repeat the separation after preschool, so they figured out a schedule to see one another as often as possible. They used FaceTime and social media to stay in contact and even visit one another's campuses. But nothing made Laura more excited than what Matt would do next.
With their senior year of college just around the corner, Matt wanted to surprise Laura with a sweet and romantic date. He wanted to celebrate the completion of their junior year of college and the continuation of their love story. He planned a picnic at their preschool, but had something else up his sleeve too.
Laura had thought they were just out for a picnic and had no idea where they would go. When they arrived at the picnic destination, Laura was so surprised. But she got an even bigger surprise when suddenly, Matt got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Of course, she said, "Yes!" Actually, Matt had started planning months before.
Matt had already purchased the engagement ring after receiving her dad's blessing two months prior. He even had his brother hide out at the preschool to capture the proposal on camera. What's more, Matt used the picnic basket that his own father had used to propose to his mother.
On December 30, 2016, the preschool sweethearts tied the knot at the Arizona Historical Society, proving that true love really does exist. Matt's uncle officiated the wedding and described their marriage eloquently, saying, "For most kids in preschool, it's about finding your snacks and your sleeping mats, but for them, it was about finding their soulmates." Still, their love story didn't just end here.
Matt and Laura wanted to share their beautiful story with the world and posted about their heartwarming preschool sweetheart story on the Instagram account "The Way We Met." Soon, the post went viral and the couple was contacted by media outlets like the Huffington Post, The Today Show and People.
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