These Preschool Sweethearts Lost Touch, Years Later They Meet Again
Two preschoolers met when they were three years old, but no one thought they would go on to become a love sensation and a source of inspiration to people. Matt Grodsky and Laura Scheel would go on to cement what was initially thought of as childhood exuberance as they became a couple legally. From Preschool to Highschool to College and their love life now; they never doubted the fact they were meant to be. They found soulmates in themselves as early as possible. Read on about these preschool love birds who lost touch for years, but later met themselves with the unthinkable happening afterward.
Laura Scheel and Matt Grodsky were toddlers when they stumbled on each other. You wouldn’t want to call it a stumbling per se, because of course, they were toddlers at the time, but you know the hidden agenda must thrive. Both attended a preschool in Phoenix, Arizona. And from the moment they came across each other, that was the seal to their friendship.
Nobody gives a hoot about kids becoming friends, as it is a common trend, so both kids' parents and teachers should be excused if they didn’t figure what was up. It was like this was meant to be, the day Matt saw Laura, he became instantly affixed to her. Since then, they formed an incredible bond that led to the unimaginable.
Two Peas in a Pod
They were kids who absolutely adore each other. But the opinion Laura had at first was that she felt Matt has just been on her trail for no reason. However, the moment she got to know his real personality, she got hooked on him too. Who wouldn’t like a guy who is humorous and also blessed with an infectious smile? Hooked up, and today, they will probably recall those moments.
Once both of them got hooked up on each other, they couldn’t be separated. Matt and Laura literally did everything together from the time they met. From giggling together to carrying out mischievous acts along to chasing each other when they got in the playground. All these would seem reasonable among young kids, but what followed was never envisaged.
Such was their bond that even during field trips, they always ensure that they partnered with each other. Trips to the public library were one of those trips the duo were found exploring side by side, with plenty giggles and chuckles. Laura was assured of no dull moments with Matt; they were attached to the notice of people. It was evident in their holding of hands everywhere they go.
The duo was not only seen together in academic areas, but they also schemed to play dates together. If any felt like seeing a movie, it is a given that the other was going to be present too. In the cinema, they were seen holding hands when any scary scene played. Their bond was noticeable, visible to the blind. Still, no one believed these two were going to take it all the way, even though Matt had the hunch and demonstrated in class.
Incredibly, the flirtatious gene of Matt kicked off quite early. He was always trying to prove to Laura how much he loved her despite them being kids. He employed different tactics to impress Laura, either in gestures or words. His best tactic was repeating the lines he heard from Disney’s movies, especially The Lion King.
They both taught each other new tricks and skills. For instance, Laura taught Matt how to use the swing and also how to draw rolling hills. While Matt, on the other hand, was always trying to impress Laura. On one of his attempts, he broke open the piñata in the traditional Cinco De Mayo celebration. Though their teachers felt that what the two shared was extraordinary, nobody thought about any plan from Matt.
It was apparent to everyone that the two shared something uncommon. This unbroken friendship Matt and Laura demonstrated in not wanting to leave each other’s side, and even in the activities, they engage themselves. They created memories that would linger in their minds as they seemed inseparable. It would seem that the bond they shared wasn’t just ordinary. If you called them young lovebirds, factoring in their ages, you wouldn’t be wrong.
Matt believed that they were meant to be together even at a young age. On one of those occasions of standing up to his class about what he felt, he had declared, “he was going to marry Laura, just wait.” Of course, this would cause a ruckus of laughter, what do you expect, he was three years old. But nobody knew the extent to which Matt meant those words.
It appeared that nobody took Matt seriously, but he never stopped believing. After that declaration, coupled with the ridicule that followed it, they kept in touch even more. The bond grew stronger, and they observed each other birthdays together, they also didn’t stop having playdates practically every week.
Thinking about this, you would probably be saying to yourself that what they have was beautiful. One may be tempted to believe that Matt and Laura were fated to be with each other, even at such a young age. The signs were all over the place. Theirs was a special bond. But just like true love and friendship always get the test, theirs was soon to be put to the test.
Off to Kindergarten
Having kids who are so beautiful won’t even make you want them to grow. It was quite unbelievable to the pair’s parents when they realized their little kids had to get to kindergarten. The kids have to progress; Laura and Matt were no exception.
The right thing, so to speak, would be for these kids to attend the same kindergarten and let them continue their immaculate friendship. Well, the parents had other ideas. So as it is now, both of them have to go to different schools. Something that wouldn’t go well with the kids. But they have to do what their parents deemed fit for them.
So the time came for the parents to send the kids to kindergarten, and yes, they had to go to different schools for reasons best known to their parents. It wasn’t a deliberate attempt to separate the two sweethearts; perhaps they didn’t realize just how close the kids were. Hence, putting them in the same kindergarten was never a consideration.
Despite being in separate schools, the two still found time to see each other, of course, with their parents. It was hard for them, but they ensured that they saw each other occasionally. That was a regular practice until it was time for them to start another whole new chapter of elementary school. This chapter, no doubt, would further test their friendship resolve.
Love from a Distance
The elementary school came, and they lost touch completely. They are growing up now, and they have to sort out their individual lives. There were no more playground shenanigans, no more weekly playdates. They knew they had to go through this phase without fussing over if they had seen each other. It would appear Matt and Laura prepared themselves for this.
Having settled in school, the only way they communicated was through their parents' yearly cards, for seven years on the trot. The pictures they exchanged helped them monitor each other’s growth. But this was nothing compared to the physical contact. They always had each other in their hearts, but something had changed. Both parties didn’t dwell on the past anymore, and this stance would later change when something dramatic happened.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
As they grew, the Christmas cards didn’t mean much anymore; they were advancing in age already. Also, the school stress has to kick in with both parties picking up new friends in their different schools. They didn’t care about the pictures anymore, as they didn’t matter really. Guess the “out of sight, out of mind” is right after all.
Matt and Laura had to make a new friendship and find things that would take their minds off each other. They developed new friendships, and it was only a matter of time or natural for them to think less of themselves. This stance would change after something they didn’t expect happened.
High school Freshmen
With both of them ready to embark on the most exciting part of their education, high school was the real deal. This time, they had already dislodged the idea of both of them. It was time to move forward, according to them. Here they were, first-year students in high school.
Well, you would have thought that life should have given them a way to get back together, only that life had other things planned out for them. For the umpteenth time, they didn’t get to go to the same high school. By this time, the probability of them crossing paths again seemed low. So, there goes for nothing, and life had to continue until when Laura saw what she couldn’t process on her friend’s phone.
Blast from the Past
It was a fateful day. All it needed was just a day. Laura was surfing through her friend’s phone when she stumbled on Matt’s contact. Of course, she wouldn’t have thought that someone close to her would have her childhood sweetheart’s number. Her friend went through a barrage of questions from her.
After squeezing answers from her friends, it turned out that she had attended the same school with Matt. She then divulged her experience with Matt with her friends of how they were two little inseparable lovebirds who rarely left each other. Many thoughts would have crossed Laura’s mind, but she discarded them as soon as possible. Her friend, on the other hand, had other ideas.
Having heard Laura’s narration of how she and Matt had been in some preschool romance, Laura’s friend knew she had to do something to get them together. She was going to come up with a way to make this happen. Laura was skeptical of her plans from the onset, but she would later give in.
In one of her interviews with The People magazine, she said: “I was a freshman in high school, so I was like, ‘I don’t think so!’”. She never expected to reunite with Matt when she did. Despite her hesitation, her friend still went ahead to be the matchmaker between the both of them. It was usual for Laura to be hesitant after all, years have passed, and she wasn’t sure of what Matt’s reaction would be.
She didn’t expect Matt’s response to be that fast. A text from Matt seeking to meet up was all that was needed to spark into life what was only asleep. They hooked up in a movie cinema, and it was as if nothing changed. It was love at first sight all over again and right there and then, they hit it off.
It didn’t take long for the bond to solidify; remember that it has always been there, and all it needed was a spark to ignite it. It took only two weeks for them to start dating after they hooked up officially. Though they were in different schools, and it was quite tricky, it didn’t stop them from dating and attending each other’s school functions. There were still more challenges ahead, though.
Throughout high school, the duo was seen together as many times as they could afford. Just like preschool, every weekend was date night. At this point, they had gotten so attached. The devotion wasn’t going to last as they both had plans to further their education. Now it was time for college; things became trickier again, just like what happened before after preschool.
After graduation from high school, it was time to make that decision whether they would stay together and try to make it work. Again, another time to have a rethink of how they wanted their lives to be. Still, just like the other time in preschool, where their parents took them to different schools, this time, they had enrolled in separate schools in different states.
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder
Matt got admitted into Columbia University in Chicago, some 1,600 miles from where Laura enrolled in, the Northern Arizona University. It was quite a distance, but they had to believe that nothing would come between them. It was a decision they sweat over, considering how the last time they got separated, it almost didn’t end well.
They knew that if they allowed a repeat of what happened after preschool to take its course, they probably would be the ones to suffer it. So, they came up with a plan on how to ensure that they do not miss seeing each other. They also made it a point of duty to use social media platforms and Facetime. Their love was stronger than ever. But Matt would soon do something that Laura couldn’t have imagined in her wildest imagination.
One thing about true love is the resilience to ensure that it works fine. This idea was the characteristic of the pair in their actions. They had a resolve to make what they had worked out. Even though during the college days, the longest they had stayed apart was about five months, they maintained the love for each other and still enjoyed the college experience.
Right from their toddling days, there was something that stood out, and it was, they were meant to be with each other for life. Matt and Laura both understood this and were conscious of it, but along the line, Matt was becoming impatient as the distance was not what he thought he could handle.
Years in college can run very fast. The duo’s junior year in college went by very fast, and they hardly felt the effect, even though they had spent months being away from each other. It was at the beginning of the second year in college that Matt decided to do something he felt he should have done a long time ago. This action would later change the course of their love life.
So after enduring their junior year, Matt felt it was the right time to give the love of his life some special surprise. He thought he had to act fast and prove to her that she has his heart, and there was nothing anybody could do about it. If anyone had told him that his actions would make the news, he would have doubted it.
A Celebratory Picnic
There was nothing sweeter than organizing a picnic to celebrate an achievement. For Matt, they had just concluded their junior year, and it was only proper that they celebrate it as lovers. So he got down to planning what he believed would be a surprise for the love of his life.
So the brilliant idea Matt thought of, was to take the date to the preschool where it all started. He didn’t tell Laura where the venue was until the day. Matt called it “a nice relaxing date;” but he had kept the surprise plans to himself. As for Laura, she was in for a treat and a huge surprise.
Emotions Are High
So Laura didn’t have the slightest idea of where she was going for the dinner, not till the day when Matt told her the dinner was going to happen at the playground of the preschool they had met, and where this whole love story started. He felt it would be a symbolic gesture.
On their way to the venue, Matt had developed some nervousness, which could be linked to whatever surprise he had for her. It was something he had thought about profoundly and had considered was the right thing to do at this stage. She noticed this and was anxious herself, coupled with the fact that she had no idea of where they were going to. This plan must be one hell of a dinner.
When they got to the destination, Laura was not only shocked that it was their preschool playground, the whole picnic was going to happen. She was taken aback indeed by the developments in the area too. But then, there was another surprise waiting for her, the one that would change her life forever. In an instant, Matt got on his knees and asked her to marry him.
While Matt was giving her reasons why he wanted to spend the rest of his life with him, Laura was overwhelmed, probably because she didn’t see this coming. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, is this happening?’ I saw the ring and was like, ‘This is gorgeous. I’m so happy about it.’ I had no idea,” she said in an interview with the People’s magazine. Of course, her answer was YES.
Before Matt proceeded to ask Laura to marry him in 2015, he had already gone to seek her father’s approval and blessings. The kind man had given him the go-ahead, considering he knew of their love affair since their childhood. That was two months ago; the same time, Matt got the engagement ring. He planned everything properly, sending his brother to the playground, where he was going to ask Laura to marry him.
What else? Matt had planned a big surprise, and it has gone according to the script. The same picnic basket his father used when proposing to his mother was what he also used to package wine bottles, wedding mags, and snacks. This plan wasn’t the only surprise Matt had for Laura.
The Preschool Pledge
Remember, when Matt had boldly come out in class to make that proclamation back in preschool? Yeah, he wanted to propose to her right where he had made the proclamation. He couldn’t wait to finish college before he told her what his heart had known since when they were three years old.
Matt had always believed that when you love someone, it doesn’t matter how young you were; if you really do, stand up and say it to the person’s face. Matt is a man of his word, he said this about 20 years ago, and today he made it come to pass. That wasn’t all, as Matt still had something in store for Laura.
Tying the knot
So the D-day arrived. December 30, 2016, a day two preschool sweethearts tied the knot after about 20 years of keeping true to what they felt for each other. The marriage took place at the Arizona Historical Society. As a stinging approval to their past and their present, the couple chose the beautiful song “Can you feel the love tonight” by John Elton.
Matt’s uncle was the man who officiated the wedding. During his speech, he stated that most kids busied themselves with finding how many pieces of doughnuts their parents kept in their lunch boxes for school. While others were bothered about how many friends they could make, but for Matt and Laura, they found soulmates in each other right from those preschool days. Matt and Laura’s married life officially kicked off in a grand style in that event.
A Meaningful Moment
There is nothing as important as having people who stood by you during the days when you all we’re courting, cheering you on, present on your wedding day. There would be genuine happiness. That was what Matt and Laura felt on their special day. It was a beautiful love story, and everyone wanted to associate them.
In one of the interviews they granted, they said: “We tore it up on the dance floor, and it was great being surrounded by everyone who played a part in bringing us together.” The couple would later travel to Maui for their honeymoon. But that wasn’t the real satisfaction to Laura; she wanted the world to know of her love story.
A Touching Request
Sure, their story is a unique and beautiful one, and Laura wanted the world to know about it. While Laura was planning on how to create an avenue in which she can share her story, Matt decided to post their story on the Instagram account, “The Way We Met.” That Instagram account was popular in recounting incredible stories of how different couples met.
In the post, Matt detailed the accounts of how they met 20 years ago till when they tied the knot recently. In his words: “I was enamored with Laura as a child, and I still am to this day,” he said. Stories like this usually get all the likes and beautiful reactions, but they didn’t anticipate where it was going to take them.
While they expected the post to gather likes and comments, they didn’t think they were going to be enormous. Yeah, Matt had been very detailed about it, explaining brilliantly the moments he could remember fondly. But the couple didn’t foresee that their story was going to gain much traction and that people would love their love story.
“To us, it seems normal because we lived it and others think it’s an amazing story that you take for granted sometimes,”
Matt said. “Having gone through a long-distance relationship, you learn really quick how much the other person means to you, and we value our time,” he added. The post went so viral that it got the attention of a celebrity who presented them with a tantalizing offer.
As often associated with viral content, it gets to a time it receives dormancy, that was the case of the couple’s story. Matt and Laura didn’t get daily updates on the number of people who had seen their story. But they got a message that a whopping 392,000 people had seen their post. Huge stuff.
The trend on social media got the attention of famous rapper Tyrese Gibson, an apostle of true love. Sequel to that, he offered them a three day trip to Miami as a gesture of his admiration for how far the couples have come. Matt and Laura couldn’t turn down this juicy offer; they welcomed it and showed their gratitude for the gesture.
The couple’s story traveled far and wide as people were awed at how far they had come. "It’s totally insane. I’m eating a sandwich at work getting messages saying, ‘Hey, you’re in India!’ or ‘Hey, you’re in Paris!’ It spread like wildfire, and we’re just glad to be a part of something positive around the world,” Matt told Huffington Post.
The whole turn of events overwhelmed, and she always resorts to laughing about them. Seeing their preschool pictures everywhere was something she never thought would have happened, but she is. Seizing the moment of their stardom, they occasionally shared what they loved about each other. Laura is fond of Matt’s humor while Matt is fond of Laura’s infectious smile. The big question is where they are now?
Life has been beautiful for the couple since their marriage. Both of them still love each other as they did back in the day. They enjoy exercising together as one of their recreational picks. Laura works for a non-profit organization, while Matt is a scriptwriter and an executive accountant at one of the top digital marketing agencies.
Regarding the future, this was what Laura told the People magazine: “As for the future, we would love to have kids at some point. Right now, we are focused on our new puppy, Kirby, and our new house.” The couple has been living fine ever since their stardom status. Who says fairytale love stories don’t exist? Well, you just read about one. Love is everywhere.