Preschool Sweethearts Match on Dating Website 30 Years Later
This one had to be have been spun by Nicholas Sparks himself.
Amy Giberson and Justin Pounders were 3 years old and in the same class at Sunshine Preschool in St. Petersburg, Florida when they first met each other. They played together on the playground, worked side by side in the classroom and even insisted on sitting next to each other for their class photo.
Eventually, though, the pair grew up, went on to separate schools and eventually forgot about each other.
By the time they had rekindled their relationship the two had, individually, faced a series of rather disheartening and tragic experiences in love that might have turned many people away from accepting it into their hearts again. Amy had been disappointed and broken hearted so many times before that friends began to tell her she shouldn't be so open with her heart when it came to dating.
"People would tell me 'Don't be so open, Amy. Don't trust so easily' but if I stopped doing that, it wouldn't be me," she said. "It's just absolutely nuts that I went from the tragically misguided girl who was always let down to the man of my romance novels dream!"
Justin's past is even more heart-rending. Back in July 2012, his then fiancée, Adrianne Roberts, was murdered on the night before she was set to move in with Justin. The 29-year-old had been on her way home from drinks with a roommate when she was followed home, sexually assaulted and brutally attacked. News of his fiancée's death, hadn't reached Justin until the following morning when he arrived at her place with a moving truck and was addressed by detectives.
Two years later, Amy, 34, and Justin, 34, were paired on the online dating site Match.com when memories of their preK crush hadn't entirely faded for Justin. Almost a year after dating, Justin casually brought up a trait about Amy that he liked, her name.
"We were in the car and Justin casually mentioned that he loved my name because he had had a crush on a girl named Amy in his preschool," she says. "Then I joked to him, ‘Well, it's not me, so I don t want to hear about her!'"
It wasn't until they made the connection that they had both attended Sunshine Preschool at the same time that Giberson realized Justin's crush might have actually been on her.
"We asked our parents to dig up any preschool photos they had," she says. "Justin's mom found a photo of the two of us together and I just started crying, I was ecstatic. I was the Amy he had liked all those years ago! It was definitely meant to be."
A year later, on November 19, 2015, Justin proposed live on The View, with the help of some kids from their old pre-school.
This past weekend, the childhood sweethearts tied the knot in their hometown of St. Petersburg, amid custom-made glasses with palm tree prints in honor of the classroom where it all began.