The elderly couple were both parents to six children each and reconnected after their respective partners died of cancer.
One might think it's too late to pursue that high school love story dream again and in most cases, they might be right. But life chose to give one high school lovers a second chance. Some flames never die out and are meant to live forever. Noah Russi shared how a couple got their happy ending at 70. On his Instagram, @liveforlines he uploaded a video with the caption, "The flame that never went out - a love story." It has got almost 855k likes. The love story belonged to his grandmother who moved across the world to be with her first high school sweetheart.
While hopping on the train, Noah, an artist, writes in the overlay text, "POV: Going to visit Nan who moved across the world after 50 years to be with her first high school boyfriend." As a montage of the couple's happy moments featuring them dancing, eating and reading together plays, he explains how this happened. "They both had six kids of their own. But reconnected when they both lost their partners to cancer. Then they got married at 70 years old and have now been happily married for 10 years." "I don't think they would be here without each other," he adds. As the montage plays by, they seem to enjoy each other's company and laugh together.
Viewers also shared heartwarming comments. "I can't stop thinking about why they ended up marrying other people and what would have happened if they did marry each other. By the way, this story is amazing and I'm glad they found each other again," commented @bloody.shadow. "My grandpa had a similar story. Their parents didn’t allow them to be together because they were catholic and protestant, after my grandmother and his former sweetheart’s husband died they met again per chance and stayed together the rest of their lives," shared @justmeluca. "Him and the girl he told you not to worry about," joked @samanthainnyc.
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High school sweethearts reuniting and living their happily-ever-after is rare but not as rare as we thought. 60 years after they first met, Dr. Thomas McMeekin from Tampa proposed to his high school crush. Dr. McMeekin, a dermatologist, awaited Nancy Gambell's plane's arrival at Tampa International Airport with bated breath. He wasted no time after Nancy arrived. He greeted her with an embrace, a bouquet of roses, and a box of jewelry before escorting her to a seat, arranging a pillow and kneeling. While his sweetheart sobbed and held his hand, he read out his speech: "My dearest Nancy, it's been 60 years since we first met, 56 years since we first dated, 10 years since I saw you last and 20 days since we rekindled."
Thomas added: "You have always been the one I had a crush on since your cheerleader days. [You] bring a smile to my face and make my heart skip a beat. Will you, Nancy, do me the honor of being my soulmate in life, my partner in every sense of the word, my beloved wife forever?" Thomas asked at the end of his moving speech. "Marry me?" The stunned woman struggled to speak as she sobbed and nodded her head to say yes. "Oh, yes," Thomas exclaimed, throwing his arms in the air as the two embraced.