There are some people who come and go from our lives but still make an impact.
Whether it’s a trusted adult from childhood, a friend who moved away, or just someone that you’re not in touch with anymore, the effect people have on each other is undeniable.
Quora is a website where people answer questions posed by others. When someone asked, “What is one moment in your life you thought could only happen in a movie?” Kevin Walsh knew he had to answer.
At summer camp, Kevin met a girl who would change his life forever.
They were in and out of touch all through high school, but they hadn’t spoken for more than a year when she called him out of the blue at a critical moment.
Here’s their full story. Get out your tissues!
Once upon a time I was 13 at a summer camp and the prettiest girl I’d ever seen walked right up to me and said “black is a good color on you.” No idea why. We chatted and became friends, exchanged AIM screen names (it was the time) and stayed in touch for a while.
We fell off each others’ radar some time in high school, but I can promise you that not a day went by that I didn’t think about that girl. Even now I’m not sure I can say why – something about her just stayed with me.
In my senior year I went through some dumb high school stuff that seemed earth-shattering at the time, and fell hard into depression. I resolved to take my own life, wrote a note and went to where I planned to end things.
Somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds before I would have committed suicide, my phone rang. I checked the caller ID – I couldn’t die not knowing. It was a number I didn’t recognize, so I picked up and it was her.
I asked her what was up and she said she just felt like she had to call me. At that point it had been a year since we had spoken, and at that moment she just had to call. Long story short, she pried, I spilled the beans and she talked me out of it. I mean she literally said “What? Don’t do that.” And that was that.
She made me promise to call her the next day, and we hung up. That night I started writing the words which, ten years later, I’d propose with.
That’s right, more than a decade later, these two have tied the knot and are living their happily ever after.
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