Prepare for your heart to be warmed by this touching tale of World War II veteran Norwood Thomas who, at the age of 93, was reunited with his wartime love, Joyce Morris, after 70 years.
American Thomas met British girl Morris in London during the Second World War just after the D-Day landings in 1944. Thomas, a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, was 21-years-old at the time and Morris was 17.
The pair spent every moment they could together while Thomas was stationed over in England, but at the end of the war in 1945 he was sent back to the US, which happened all rather abruptly.
"Joyce was special. The one that got away," Thomas told Mashable. "But after the war, my orders to go home came so quick there was no real chance to even say goodbye."
They stayed in contact by writing letters to one another but, after a misunderstanding, Morris thought Thomas had met somewhere else and so didn't send any more letters.
It sounds like like something akin to the film The Notebook.
So they both then got on with their lives, married, had kids and careers--Are tears welling up in your eyes yet?
But then last year Morris, who is now divorced, asked one of her kids to see if they could track down Thomas using the internet. They found an article on a pilot website about a D-Day vet who had jumped out of a plane with a parachute to tick it off his bucket list. The vet was Thomas.
She asked her son, Rob, to make contact. Thomas was shopping at a hardware store when he took the call. "Joyce Durrant?” he asked, mulling her maiden name. A few seconds later, Norwood gasped: “Oh my God.”
He went home that afternoon, pulled a bag of old photographs out of his closet, then flipped through the stack until he saw her face. Morris had given him the photo before he went off to battle.
The pair then talked over Skype for hours reminiscing (Thomas' wife died back in 2001) and, after their story went viral, the public donated money to fly Thomas to Australia to see Morris in Adelaide where she now lived with her sons.
"I'm just looking forward to seeing her smile," Thomas said. "I have no idea if there'll still be romantic feelings. But at the very least, I'll get to spend time with an old friend. Just sitting and reminiscing will be wonderful."
The pair then spent the next two weeks together, talking about the past 70 years, sightseeing, and just enjoying each others company.
Thomas has since flown back to the states, stating it's unrealistic that they rekindle their relationship since they live so far apart and Morris now has commitments to her sons.
But the pair have said they'll keep in contact. There's always Skype chats, right?
I'm not crying, you're crying.