30 Years After Preschool The Unthinkable Happened

Published on January 26, 2018
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“Never give up on love, and love will never give up on you.” This is what 34 year-old Amy Giberson always told herself. Little did she know just how relevant it would be in her own life.

When you find the one, you just know that they’re the one. We might not be able to say why we fall in love. It’s usually not the reasons we have a crush on someone – their smile, their shiny hair or their hardcore karaoke skills. Sometimes however, a crush can develop into a deep and inexplicable love.

Fate
An Innocent Photograph

Just A Crush

Like most children in kindergarten, Amy Giberson spent her younger years playing tag, building block structures and eating lunch at preschool. Like many kids, she had a young and innocent crush too. Even though it was more than 30 years ago, Amy’s kindergarten teacher at Good Ol’ Preschool in St. Petersburg, Florida still recalls in vivid detail the young pair’s budding but brief romance.

Teacher Reveals The Truth
Just A Crush

Infantuation

“They had a blast with each other. It was a quiet, bashful romance. They liked each other from afar, it was a young love, like a sweet crush, you know? They insisted on sitting next to each other in our school picture.” recalled Diane Twar while being interviewed by People Magazine.

A Pre School Crush
Infantuation

Life Goes On

After preschool ended, Amy Giberson went on to a different school and continued thereafter to complete her high school studies without her kindergarten crush. The years piled on and on while she advanced to study at university leaving the memory of the young boy she once fell for, to fade away almost completely. After all, they were just two little children who didn’t know anything about love.

You Can Go Your Own Way
Life Goes On

Needle In A Haystack

Despite becoming an independent albeit attractive woman, Amy struggled to find fulfilling companionship. Her love life was riddled with failed relationships and emotional scars caused by men she, according to her friends, “allowed too close to heart, too soon.”

Love In Wrong Places
Needle In A Haystack

Too Kind, Too Soon

Her own kindness also seemed to be her own devil. Amy’s natural instinct was to be friendly and trusting, which sadly was seen as something to be taken advantage of by some of her partners. Her friends suggested changing her behavior which only made her feel worse, “If I stopped doing that [behaving that way], it wouldn’t be me.”

A Little Help From My Friends
Too Kind, Too Soon

Never Give Up

She felt discouraged about her love life and was almost ready to give up, but then she remembered her own motto about giving up on love – “Never give up on love, and love will never give up on you.”

Never Give Up
Never Give Up

Homeward Bound

While her life was cruising along, Amy felt she needed a change. She signed up to Match.com, a dating website, with new hopes of finding a love that would top all previously perceived loves. At the same time she decided to move back to her hometown of St. Petersburg, enabling her to be closer to her friends and family. Not long after she set up her profile, a handsome young man liked her dating profile.

Returning Home
Homeward Bound

Enter Justin Pounders

Justin Pounders was looking for love too. However, his reasons were quite different. Justin had been engaged to Adrianne Robert and had planned to move in with her in July 2012.

Introducing…Justin Pounders
Enter Justin Pounders

Tragedy Strikes

Justin remembers clearly driving to Adrianne’s apartment to help her move out and in with him when he was met with the sight of police officers and detectives outside her door. Adrianne had been murdered the night before on her way home. “How could this happen. This isn’t real,” said Pounders.

Tragedy Strikes
Tragedy Strikes

Time Ticks By

Two years passed and Justin felt a calling to return back home, so he did. It was a move that he hoped would bring happiness back into his life. The idea of finding love back home brought him hope, even if it was just a sliver.

Two Years Later…
Time Ticks By

Can’t Keep My Eyes Off Of You

A sliver turned out to be a little more than that. He came across Amy Giberson’s profile and instantly felt something grab at his heart. “I saw her photo and for whatever reason was instantly drawn to her. She just had this great energy, you could tell. I can’t explain it, but I knew I had to get to know this girl.”

Something Special About This Girl
Can’t Keep My Eyes Off Of You

Instant Connection

It didn’t take much time for each of them to like the other’s profiles. Before they knew it they were setting up to meet in person for the first time. “When we met up and we hugged, it was like I had known him my whole life.” tells Amy.

Instant Connection1
Instant Connection

A Date In Cake

On their first date, thinking the pair were long-time partners, the waiter brought them a special cake with the date written in chocolate. The date stamped on the cake would be more than just a sweet dessert, it would be a mark on the calendar that would remain unique to them forever.

Date Night
Date In Cake

Eyes To The Future

“I remember telling myself, ‘I’m going to be having dinner with this man for the rest of my life.’” Amy said while being interviewed by Cosmopolitan.

Instant Connection
Eyes To The Future

What’s In A Name

Two months glided past smoothly for the couple. Justin casually mentioned that he loved Amy’s name because he had a crush on an ‘Amy’ in preschool. Amy teased him by replying, “Well it wasn’t me, so I don’t want to hear about this Amy.” It became their personal joke.

A Cute Confession
What’s In A Name

A Scar That Speaks

One day as Amy was sitting with Justin, she noticed him rubbing a scar on his forehead. She also noticed that the scar must have been an old one. When she decided to ask where it had come from, he explained a story that would reveal just how close the two really were.

Previous Scars
A Scar That Speaks

Throwback

Justin recounted that he had fallen off the monkey bars almost 30 years ago in preschool. The fall caused him to cut open his forehead and leave a nasty scar until that day. When Amy asked which preschool he attended, his answer shocked her.

Flashback
Throwback

Reunited

When she realized that Good Ol’ Sunshine was where Justin had been to preschool, she knew that this was no accident. Not surprisingly, neither of them had kept in contact with anyone from back then, let alone each-other.

They Went To The Same Pre School
Reunited

Lo And Behold

Filled with excitement, Amy rushed to her mother. She explained their new discovery and asked her mother to pull out old photo albums of her childhood. To their adrenaline-filled delight, a playschool picture surfaced with Amy and Justin sitting side-by-side.

Blast From The Past
Lo And Behold

Was This Destiny?

“We found a photo of the two of us together and I just started crying, I was ecstatic. I was the Amy he had liked all those years ago! It was definitely meant to be.” It didn’t cross their minds that the Amy whom Justin spoke about was the Amy right in front of him.

It Was Fate
Was This Destiny?

His Secret Plan

Their incredible story started to make waves and the couple was invited onto ABC’s chat show, The View. A year had passed since they were reunited. But this was more than a regular catch up on their story, it was a step into the future. While the hosts asked each to retell their journey of love, there was a secret plan in the works.

His Secret Plan
His Secret Plan

Pop-Up And Pop The Question

A screen popped up with a live video feed to their former preschool, now renamed “Learning Adventures”, with a room filled with teachers and toddlers. As the camera zoomed out to show the entirety of the room, a 5-piece sign being held by the kids read, “Amy, will you marry me?”

A More Than Decent Proposal
Pop-Up And Pop The Question

And She Said…

Overwhelmed by the proposal, Amy burst into joyous tears. Justin, on cue, got down on one knee and said, “Amy I love you so much. You mean the world to me. Will you marry me?” The crowd cheered with support and admiration as she nodded in affirmation. He slipped the glittering diamond ring onto her finger.

A Beautiful Proposal
And She Said…

Let The Tears Roll

It wasn’t only the couple who felt the moment of magic. Co-host of The View, Candace Cameron, had a hard time controlling her tears from streaming down her face as she emphatically shouted out, “I need a tissue!”

30 Years Of Emotions
Let The Tears Roll

Tie The Knot

On November 18, 2016, after being engaged for a year and waiting for each-other for 30, they recited their vows. She gladly took his name and became Amy Giberson-Pounders to an audience of family and close friends at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg.

The Next Big Step
Tie The Knot

Step Into Paradise

Having come all the way back to their hometown to reunite, they decided it was time to take off and spend their honeymoon overseas in paradise. Their two-week honeymoon took them around the Caribbean. “I woke up and my life was suddenly a fairytale.” Amy gleefully exclaimed.

The Honeymoon
Step Into Paradise

Something Greater Was Happening

These two sweethearts truly believe that a higher power ensured that they met at the right time. Justin believes that “someone or something definitely decided we weren’t supposed to reconnect until now.”

Something Greater Was Happening
Something Greater Was Happening

Angel From Heaven

The couple feel that Justin was sent a guardian angel to protect him and guide him to find new and lasting love. Amazingly, they believe that this angel was Justin’s former fiancé – Adrianne Robert. “We believe the day she became his guardian angel, she set out to help heal his heart and take care of Justin. We feel she found me and brought us together.” Amy told.

Their Guardian Angel
Angel From Heaven

30 Years Of Love

It took 30 years for these two preschool sweethearts to find each-other again. 30 years of searching without knowing who exactly they were searching for. Sometimes love is across the seas or beyond the hills. But sometimes it is so near that it is right under our nose.

New Life New Beginnings
30 Years Of Love
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