Matt Grodsky was 3 years old and in preschool when he saw the girl of his dreams. He stood up in front of his class and declared he would marry her someday. His classmates, of course, burst into laughter.
“Just you wait,” he replied.
It’s one of Grodsky’s earliest memories.
The girl, Laura Scheel, taught him how to use the swing sets, how to draw rolling hills, and the “right way” to eat string cheese. They played hide-and-seek together, chased each other around on the playground, and “mischievously stayed up during nap time.”
“I was enamored with Laura as a child, and I still am to this day,” Grodsky wrote on an Instagram post.
The two were best friends, but lost touch once they entered elementary school.
“[F]or the next seven years, our family’s annual Christmas cards was the only way we ever saw each other’s faces,” Grodsky wrote. Then in high school—though they attended separate schools—they reconnected via a mutual friend.
“Within two weeks, we decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend,” he wrote.
They dated through high school, and even stuck it out through a long-distance relationship while they went to colleges in different states, 1,600 miles away from each other.
“We remained a resilient couple until May 23rd, 2015 when I decided to stay true to my preschool pledge and make Laura my wife. I proposed to her at the place it all began… our preschool classroom,” Grodsky wrote.
The story was shared to the The Way We Met Instagram account, created by Brooklyn Sherman documenting couples’ stories.
The couple’s story quickly went viral:
"Laura and I met in preschool. One of my very first memories is of being 3 years old and standing up in front of my pre-school class, declaring that I would marry her someday. As kids, Laura taught me how to ride the swings, draw rolling hills, and the 'right way' to properly eat string cheese. We have fond memories of playing hide-and-go-seek, chasing after each other on the playground, and mischievously staying up during nap time. I was enamored with Laura as a child, and I still am to this day. Eventually, we lost touch upon entering our Elementary School days and for the next seven years, our family's annual Christmas cards was the only way we ever saw each other's faces. It wasn't until High School that we reconnected by happenstance through a mutual friend. Within two weeks, we decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend. We continued to date through out all of High School, even though we went to different schools. We even stuck together long-distance while attending colleges in different states. We remained a resilient couple until May 23rd, 2015 when I decided to stay true to my preschool pledge and make Laura my wife. I proposed to her at the place it all began… our preschool classroom."
At first, Scheel thought the trip back to their high school was just for a picnic together.
Grodsky told Huffington Post he was anxious the whole time, checking his pocket to make sure the ring was still there.
“I dropped down on one knee while my brother came in with the phone, snapping photos. Laura was shocked. I gave her my pitch on why I wanted her to marry me.”
“She said yes ― whew!”
The couple got married last December.
“I can’t wait to giggle with you for the rest of my life,” Scheel wrote on Facebook.
Grodsky’s uncle officiated the marriage.
“For most kids in preschool, it’s about finding your snacks and your sleeping mats, but for them it was about finding their soulmates,” he said.