Monday, October 9, 2017

What are the odds?

In 2007, Jessica Gomes and Aaron Bairos attended rival high schools in Taunton, Massachusetts. Mutual friends introduced them, and they soon began dating. "I knew from the very beginning that he was different," she remembers. "He was respectful and he made me laugh." But Jessica became suspicious. "I thought he was trying to pull a smooth one and win me over," she says, when Aaron told her they had the same birthday. But he was right, as they found when they took driver's ed together and compared their learner's permits.

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It turns out both Gomes and Bairos were born April 28, 1990, at Morton Hospital in Taunton. And they were the only two babies born at the hospital that day. Celebrating their mutual birthday was just the beginning. In 2015, Bairos proposed to Gomes as they walked through the Boston Public Garden. The romantic proposal caught Gomes completely off guard and "did the trick." They married last September at Holy Family Church in East Taunton, where generations of the Gomes family have been married. "We hope our story can bring a smile to other people's faces," said Gomes, "because that's what the world needs now."

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