It all started as playground puppy love
Like so many married couples today, Amy and Justin Pounders started dating after connecting on Match.com—but that’s where the similarities end. Unbeknownst to them at the time, they’d actually met before. In fact, their love story started way back in the 1980s when they were just 3 years old. That’s right—Amy and Justin were preschool sweethearts!
"Our hearts found a connection at 3 years old very innocently, but it was enough to recognize it again 30 years later," Amy told ABC News.
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So how did the St. Petersburg, Florida natives finally figure it out? A month into dating, Justin told Amy the story of how he got a scar above his eye.
"He proceeded to tell me how he [had] gotten it from falling off monkey bars at preschool. He then said, '... Sunshine Preschool,'" Amy explained.
When she heard Sunshine Preschool, a light went off. That was the name of her preschool. What are the odds, right? Justin then reminded his now-wife about the story of his preschool crush, a girl named Amy. That’s when it hit her—she was Amy!
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"It blew my mind because I was already so in love with Justin," she gushed. "This connection just proved to me what my heart already felt—he was my soulmate."
This collage on Amy’s Instagram pretty much says it all!
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