Saturday, January 16, 2021

"You'll be the last man to walk me home."

Fred Paul and Florence Harvey first met 68 years ago in the bayside town of Wandsworth, Canada. They were high school sweethearts, taking walks after church and kissing between classes. Every night of their two years together, Fred would flicker his porch light before going to be so Florence could see it from her side of the bay It was his way of saying he loved her. But eventually the teens went their separate ways. They grew up and got married and had families. Florence's husband passed away in 2017, and Fred lost his wife in 2019. Florence looked up Fred and gave him a call to offer her condolences. 

They chatted and shared fond memories about their families and their past. Soon they were chatting daily, and when they finally met again in Toronto months later, they knew almost immediately that, after full and happy lives apart, they were meant to share one together. They were married in August. "You were the first young man to walk me home in my teens," Florence told Fred during the ceremony. "I guess you'll be the last man to walk me home."


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