True love stories: Childhood friends keep promise to wed
We dare you not to get goosebumps.
The Heart Beat is excited to introduce our new weekly feature, "True love stories." Each week, a couple with a truly amazing love story will be profiled. If you know a couple with a story worth sharing, please email us at email@example.com for a chance to be featured.
In third grade, Nadine and Alan vowed to marry each other, sealing the promise with a kiss.
"Our young romance consisted of a kiss under the slide and a proclamation that when we grew up we would marry," Nadine wrote in an email to MSN's The Heart Beat. Her childhood sweetheart gave her a handmade Valentine that she kept for many years. "I gave him homemade heart cookies that year, which impressed him more than the kiss. This was 1967."
More on MSN Living: Just got engaged? 11 things to do NOW!
The two were childhood friends, with Nadine calling Alan her "kindergarten buddy." But like a lot of grade school friends, the two soon went their separate ways. They lived their own lives, married, divorced, and had children.
More on MSN Living: Engagement etiquette tips everyone should know
But fate refused to keep them separated. In a serendipitous coincidence worthy of a rom-com, Nadine and Alan were reunited online—only they had no idea.
After her divorce, Nadine's children convinced her look for romance online.
"I posted a profile, and a few weeks later received an email and a photo from a man who lived only a few miles away from where I was living," Nadine told us. "The man looked very familiar, and we spoke on the phone several times and chatted online."
Both Nadine and her online suitor used aliases, so, at first, they were strangers. It wasn't until he sent her a photo that Nadine realized she knew him from somewhere.
"I began by looking through all of my old school class photos, and finally realized who the man was."Indeed, it was her third-grade kiss, Alan Smeltzer. "I was pretty excited," Nadine said.
Forty-three years after the kiss and the box of cookies, the two tied the knot, keeping their childhood promise. She jokes that the secret to their happy marriage is that she's still feeding him. Nadine, a retired schoolteacher and disabled Army Veteran, can't help but dote on the love of her life:
"My husband is a very easygoing guy. He's a laidback type fellow. He looks and acts like the proverbial hippie. Has long hair and he grows his own vegetables."
Nadine has two daughters "who think the world of their step dad." She also has three grandchildren. "They say we look like Mr. and Mrs. Claus," she laughs.
Nadine and Alan's key to a happy marriage is wise in its simplicity:
"We always communicate with each other."
Here's wishing Nadine and Alan the best. Thank you for sharing your fateful love story with The Heart Beat!
love: friendships, dating, sex & marriage
Revealr is a new iPhone app that allows those looking for love to hear their possible matches before they see them.
A new poll reveals 59 percent of the country supports same-sex marriage.
Celebrity engagements are so much fun to follow because every detail is bound to be over-the-top — from the proposal (like when Kanye rented out an entire stadium to propose to Kim) to the huge, sparkly engagement ring and, of course, the wedding. Plus, as trendsetters, celebs can be a source of inspiration even if you can't afford a million dollar ring. Here are our celebrity wedding predictions for 2014.
If you’ve ever been to a club—like, ever, even once—you are not going to be shocked to hear that women get a lot of unwanted, aggressive attention. But when you read the findings of this study on how often and why it happens, it might make you feel downright sick to your stomach.
Hopeless romantics and cringe-worthy chick flicks would tell you that it doesn’t matter what you do on the date, as long as you’re together. But they’re wrong. Dead wrong. Women use your date ideas to size you up, says matchmaker Rachel DeAlto, author of "Flirt Fearlessly." “You absolutely will be judged based on the date you plan. There are so many subconscious impressions that we take in while dating.” Gulp. Here are 10 terrible ideas that can land you on the no-lay list—and simple swaps to keep her happy. By K. Aleisha Fetters
No matter your current relationship status or past relationship fails, get a fresh start this month, with these tips for spring cleaning your love life.
Forget the rules you've always heard—it's time to start making your own.
Are you in an affair without knowing it? Unless you’re a swinger, having sex with someone else counts as cheating. But then there’s the fuzzy area between friendship and infidelity—and chances are, your girlfriend sees those shades of gray as more black and white than you do. “Men aren’t as attuned to identifying ambiguous behaviors as cheating as women are,” says Daniel Kruger, Ph.D., a University of Michigan psychologist, who’s studied gender differences in definitions of infidelity. In other words, what you consider totally innocent could be her deal breaker.
We spoke with relationship therapist Rachel A. Sussman, author of "The Breakup Bible," for her tips on how regular girls can survive a split like an A-lister.
A researcher from Texas Tech University has found that people who use the same kind of "function words" are more likely to get together.
Check out these five celebrity stunners.
And by weird, we really mean friggin' awesome.