We all remember our high school sweetheart. While some memories may be sweeter than others, there’s no denying the power a first love holds.
These high school sweethearts are rediscovering their love, nearly 70 years later.
Fred Paul and Florence Harvey first met as teenagers growing up in Canada. They were together for two years, with Paul flickering his porch light every night as a way to signal his love.
The two parted and Paul spent time in Toronto for work. Missing Harvey, he went back to find her. Unfortunately, she had moved away. Years went on and the two created their own lives, marrying and starting families.
Eventually, thanks to modern technology, the two were able to reconnect and after time, bonded over shared tragedy.
In 2017, Harvey lost her husband to cancer. Two years later, Paul’s wife of 60 years passed away. Concerned about Paul, Harvey gave him an empathetic call to let him know that while he’s experiencing a difficult time, things do get better.
The call, coincidentally, happened the day after Valentine’s Day and became more than either one expected.
“I never thought it would go past that,” Harvey, 81, told CNN. “But we went from talking once a week, to twice, to three times, to every day for hours. We had really reconnected even though we hadn’t seen each other in all those years. I knew this was it.”
Months after that call, Harvey planned a trip to visit Paul in Toronto. And Paul welcomed his high school sweetheart in the sweetest way:
“When I found out she was in town and was coming to me, it was 10:30 at night,” he said. “I ran out of bed and got dressed and wrote ‘Welcome Florence’ in chalk on the driveway and when she arrived, I walked to the car, gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek, and I held her hand and I knew right away that she had taken my heart.”
Lead image: Frederick Paul via CBC