Girl Looks At Her Friend’s Phone And Is Shocked By One Familiar Name

Remember the first time some little boy tugged on your pigtails? How about the first time you passed someone a note asking if they like liked you? Childhood crushes are a huge part of growing up, but usually, that’s all they are: crushes that fade with the passing of time.

Two preschool classmates, Matt Grodsky and Laura Scheel, spent their school days playing together and napping together. They were quintessential childhood sweethearts. But as the duo grew apart over the years, they never could shake their fond thoughts of the other.

Matt Grodsky and Laura Scheel attended preschool together in Phoenix, Arizona. At first, they were just classmates, playing in large groups together, but never really crossing paths. Then, one day, Matt spotted Laura on the playground.

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From that moment forward, Matt only had eyes for Laura. Wherever she was on the playground, Matt wasn’t too far behind her. Three-year-old Laura, however, was not so enamored.

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Laura originally thought Matt was just some silly kid who would follow her on the playground, but eventually, she noticed his cheerful and inviting personality. From that day on, they were the best of friends.

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The pair were inseparable. They would chase one another around the playground, fake sleep and giggle together during nap time, and always buddy up on field trips. Their parents and teachers quickly noticed how well the two got along.

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Outside of school, they loved watching Disney movies and innocently holding each other during the scary parts. Their parents and teachers just chalked it up to a really sweet friendship, but Matt had something else in mind.

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Matt had a crush on Laura. He tried to impress her by reciting famous lines from the Lion King, which was their favorite movie, and by breaking open the piñata on Cinco De Mayo. In return, Laura taught Matt how to draw rolling hills and how to eat string cheese.

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They only wanted to spend time with one another. Matt even stood up in front of the class and told them he was going to marry Laura one day. Their classmates laughed, but they didn’t care.

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They had play dates every weekend and attended each other’s birthday parties. Unfortunately, preschool was over soon enough. The two would need to face the realities of kindergarten.

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Sadly, Matt and Laura’s parents sent their children to different elementary schools. This made it difficult for Matt and Laura to see each other. Their parents made the effort to set up play dates every now and then, but it was challenging to keep up.

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Eventually, Matt and Laura lost touch completely. Their only connection to one another was their families sending holiday cards every December.

Years passed. Matt and Laura grew up, and their excitement to receive their Christmas cards dwindled. It had been so long since they actually saw one another, and the teenagers had other things on their minds. But, neither of them forgot the other.

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Matt and Laura were now both freshmen in high school, and life was going well for both. They were making new friends and getting involved in extracurricular activities, but fate, it seemed, wasn’t done with them yet…

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One day, Laura was hanging out with her friend and scrolling through her phone when she recognized something from the past. Right there in her friend’s contact list was Matt Grodsky’s name! She couldn’t believe her eyes. She asked her friend how she knew him.

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As it turned out, Laura’s friend was determined to reconnect Laura with Matt. Laura was hesitant at first because it’d been so long since they’d seen each other. They were all just getting used to their freshman year.

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But Laura’s friend went ahead and gave Matt Laura’s number anyway. Matt texted Laura and asked her to meet up. She agreed and met him at the movie theater like old times while wondering if the two had anything left in common.

Their chemistry was strong and the attraction was instant. Within two weeks they were officially boyfriend and girlfriend. They hung out every weekend, attended each other’s proms, and spent the next four years together. Until…

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It was time for them to go away to college. Laura enrolled at Northern Arizona University and Matt went to Columbia College in Chicago. They both weren’t sure if they were going to be able to make long distance work, but they were determined to try.

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It wasn’t easy having to be apart, but they used FaceTime and social media to stay connected. They even planned out a schedule to see each other as often as possible. The longest period of time they went without seeing each other was 20 weeks.

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They made it through their first three years of college and were gearing up to enter their senior year in 2015. Before they returned to college, Matt wanted to do something really special for Laura.

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He wanted to surprise her with a picnic at a very special place. She noticed that he was a little nervous during the drive over, but when they arrived she realized why.

He’d taken her to their preschool! Laura’s face lit up. It was so sweet, she thought, that Matt wanted to celebrate them entering their last year of college where it all began. Little did Laura know, Matt had something else planned for her.

They got out of the car and Matt got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” From the time when he was three years old, he told his classmates he would marry her; on that day, he fulfilled his promise.

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Of course, Laura said yes! Overjoyed with love, the newly engaged couple enjoyed their picnic filled with snacks, sparkling cider, and wedding magazines. Although they needed to spend just one more year apart, it made it easier knowing they would spend a lifetime together.

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In December of 2016, Matt and Laura said, “I do” at the Arizona Historical Society. Their first dance was to Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” a symbol of their preschool days and young love.

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News of their love story spread across the internet like wildfire. They were asked for interviews; pictures of them as children were all over social media. Actor Tyrese Gibson was touched by their story and paid for a weekend get-away to Miami for the lovebirds.

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In 2018, the couple planned on having kids, but they wanted to take things slow. They were still in disbelief that a pre-school friendship really led to marriage; they wouldn’t have been, though, had they known Heidi Parker and Ed Savitt.

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By 2015, soon-to-be-married Heidi Parker and Ed Savitt had spent about a fifth of their lives together. After that amount of time—and on the verge of such a big commitment—you figure they’d know just about all there was to know about each other, right?

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Not quite! Heidi and Ed met at Newcastle University in 2011. It started when Ed, after spotting Heidi’s name on a piece of mail, messaged her asking how to use a communal dryer. It was, evidently, the pick up line of the century. They soon started dating.

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The two became inseparable, attending college costume parties together and allowing their romance to blossom. For four years, they learned everything about each other: secrets, histories, failures. They were in love. And yet…

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After four years together, had they been contestants on the Newlywed Game, Heidi and Ed probably would have killed it. However, there was at least one fact about both of them that hadn’t come out yet—but it was about to.

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The truth came out in 2015. Heidi and Ed shared a lovely dinner with their mothers, Kay Parker and Fiona Savitt. As mothers do, Kay and Fiona started talking about their kids, which prompted Kay to elaborate a little bit about six-year-old Heidi.

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Kay mentioned that Heidi loved sailing as a kid. She reminisced about a family vacation to Turkey, where they sailed boats in the summer sun. Coincidentally, while on that trip, six-year-old Heidi had made friends with a little boy. They held hands.

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After that dinner, something felt off to Kay about Ed—but she didn’t know what, exactly. It wasn’t until a few weeks later when she cleaned out her attic that she discovered a box of 1997 photographs from that Turkish sailing trip. Suddenly, she understood.

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When Kay looked at pictures of Heidi with her “holiday boyfriend,” she realized that the six-year-old kid from the Turkish sailing trip was the same exact Ed her daughter was dating in 2015! She recognized Ed’s face in the bowl cut-wearing kid from the 1997 pictures immediately.

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As it turned out, back in that summer of 1997, the Parkers and Savitts had both been vacationing in Turkey. Both families traveled from different cities in the United Kingdom, but somehow, they ended up in the same foreign city at the same time!

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“I was screaming, it was just unreal,” Kay told Daily Mail. “Of course, I sent it to Fiona [Savitt]. Then loads more photographs came out.” Sure enough, Kay had taken plenty of pictures of the two adorable kids.

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“When Kay sent me the photo of a little boy called Ed,” Fiona said, “I shrieked, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s [my] Ed!’ It was unbelievable. We sent it around to all our family and friends and everyone was amazed.” And how did Heidi and Ed react to the news?

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For Heidi and Ed, news that they’d had a chance meeting on a family vacation 18 years before only solidified what they already knew: they were meant to be together. In the summer of 2017, they made their relationship permanent.

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“From the moment we started dating we were inseparable and knew we were going to be together forever,” Heidi told Daily Mail. “It’s crazy to think we could have got married, shared our lives together, but then never found out about this.” Crazy indeed!

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It’s strange that Heidi and Ed didn’t discover this early connection sooner. After all, they’d spent four years together by then; you’d think a trip to Turkey would have come up! Still, it was undoubtedly a pleasant discovery, and made for the perfect wedding story.

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They married at Haddon Hall, a 12th-century manor house rich with history. It’s fitting that the couple tied the knot at a historical landmark when they, too, had an “ancient” history together. Still, the revelation did more than strengthen this couple’s love…

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As Kay Parker put it, “It was not just Heidi and Ed who met on that holiday but all of us as well.” This random meeting in Turkey, followed by the subsequent relationship between Ed and Heidi, forged friendships between these entire families.

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Kay and Keith Parker now regularly vacation with Fiona and Johnathan Savitt. Who knows? Maybe in the future, they’ll bring their grandkids to Turkey where they’ll meet their future spouses, too!

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But if any story proved a love that was meant to be, it’s that of Ed and Heidi. “Perhaps they just had a subconscious realization they had shared that time together when they met as adults,” Kay said.

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To think that what started out as a pre-wedding family dinner turned out to be a life-changing event that only strengthened the love between them all! If Kay had never told her story that night, would this couple have ever known they’d actually “dated” as kids?

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The bond Heidi and Ed forged as kids, whether they knew it or not, never went away. If nothing else, you have to wonder what else this couple might discover about each other after a few years of marriage…

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