Love Goes Full Circle

Fred Paul and Florence Harvey first met 68 years ago in the bayside town of Wandsworth, Canada.

They were classic high school sweethearts, taking walks after church and stealing kisses in between classes. Every night during their two years together, Fred would flicker his porch light before going to bed so Florence could see it from her side of the bay. It was his way of telling her that he loved her.


But life happened, and the teenagers had to go their separate ways. Fred and Florene each grew up, got married, and had families. Sadly, Florence's husband passed in 2017, and Fred's wife in 2019. In that dark time, like a porch light shining across the bay, they found each other again.


Florence looked Fred up and gave him a call to offer her condolences. During that first conversation, which occurred a day after Valentine's Day, they spoke about their separate lives, their children and grandchildren and celebrated each other's happy memories.


"I never thought it would go past that," Florence, 81, told CNN. "But we went from talking once a week, to twice, to three times, to every day for hours. We had really reconnected even though we hadn't seen each other in all those years. I knew this was it."


When they finally reunited 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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