Courtesy of Eric Bolgiani
Social media is often blamed for making people feel lonelier, but that couldn't be further from the truth for some couples. Two lovebirds in the United Kingdom are thanking social media for reuniting them nearly six decades after they first met in grade school.
Eric Bogliani was just seven years old when he developed a crush on his older sister's friend, Elaine, who was nine. At that age, two years can feel like different ends of the development spectrum. And besides, isn't it a rule that you don't date your sister's friends?
Once Eric finally spilled the beans to his mother and revealed his secret love, he was told to let it go: Elaine was too old for him. And so Eric gave up on his plans for a romance. Eventually, the pair lost touch once school ended.
But five years ago, Eric reconnected with his childhood crush through Facebook. "I didn't know that Eric's mother had sat him down and told him to stop having a crush on me," Elaine told the BBC. But considering Eric reached out to Elaine after all those years, we suspect he never stopped holding a flame for her. "If it hadn't been for Facebook, we would never have found each other," he said in the same interview.
Eric and Elaine decided to get married at Bassett Street Primary School in Leicestershire, England — the very place where they'd first met. Perhaps another magical sign for the two is that sometime after they graduated, the building was transformed into a community center called Old School House... and the building also hosts wedding ceremonies.
Now that they're husband and wife, Eric and Elaine are making up for lost time. "These years we've had together and the years we will have together in the future, we may have missed. And how could you miss this?" Elaine said.