It sounds like something straight out of a cheeseball Rachel McAdams/Ryan Gosling flick: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, man finds and marries woman 50 years later. But for Diane Harris and Rodney Day, the Hollywood ending is reality.
The Californians were high school sweethearts back in 1959. One late summer night, the couple was driving home from a drive-in movie -- as Harris told the Napa Valley Register, she can't recall the film because, "I don't think we really watched it that much."
Day must have drifted off to sleep, because when he woke up, the car was in a ditch, and his girlfriend had gone through the windshield. The sweethearts were taken to different medical centers -- Day was in the military and went to a local Air Force base for treatment, while Harris went to a nearby hospital.
Diane Harris's mother did not approve of the pairing, so the elder Harris used the accident as an opportunity to break the couple up. Mom told both teens that the other one wanted to end it, and Harris and Day never saw each other again.
Fast-forward 50 years to this April. Harris had been married and divorced twice, and Day became a widower in 2007. Day tracked down his high school sweetheart and sent her a letter. The two began emailing, and the couple married on October 17 at an Elks Lodge in Napa, Calif. Day told the New York Post, "It was like 50 years apart hadn't happened." (Want a good cry? Watch the video clip of the nuptials
at the Napa Valley Register's site.)
You know what we love about this story, beyond the usual "love stands the test of time" schmaltz? That this reunion did not happen as a result of Facebook or any other social networking site.
You sometimes see the "OMG! My wife left me for her high school sweetheart!
" story, but this is just about a guy who sent a letter and hoped to rekindle an old flame. (It's not always that sinister; this Florida couple rekindled their high-school romance on Facebook
30 years later.)
Still, there's something nice about a paper letter. As now newlywed Rodney Day told the New York Post, "I wasn't sure if it was her, and I'm not good on the phone, so I just wrote her a letter ... I figured that if it's not her, she can just wad it up."You Can Design Lemondrop's New Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt