The old man pays a poor woman for the shopping and recognizes the fiancée he lost 62 years ago

A man was shocked when he offered to pay for an elderly woman’s shopping and recognized his ex-girlfriend, 62 years after their separation.

Paul stood there, perplexed. Tears flowed into the woman’s eyes. Her face shone with unexpected happiness, but a sadness lurked deep within him. She glanced over at him at a grocery store in Nashville, Tennessee, and was shocked.

She looked like she was about 80, her hands were shaking. She looked unkempt, her clothes were torn and she looked pale.

“Can you kindly let me get the loaf?” she asked the cashier quietly. “I haven’t eaten anything in days. But I don’t have more than a few cents to pay.

Paul found his first love 62 years after their separation | Photo: Shutterstock

The cashier laughed and firmly ordered him to leave. Seeing the sad scene, Paul stepped in to pay for him. She turned gently to thank him for his generosity, and tears began to flow from his eyes. Paul recognized the birthmark over the woman’s upper lip and her past flashed before her eyes.

62 years ago …

September 26, 1959. Paul had never been able to forget this date. He was at a party with some friends, playing ping pong when he first noticed Eden. He was 19 at the time and she was 18. She was wearing a floral dress and as soon as he saw her for the first time, he knew they were made for one … for the other.

Paul immediately took a handkerchief from a nearby table and wrote, “May I take you away?” He blushed as he read the message and nodded yes. They then left the party and went to a park, where they quietly strolled holding hands. That evening they kissed passionately for a brief moment.

They started dating often after that date, and before they knew it, they were deeply in love. They committed to each other to spend their lives together, but fate interfered and the law, along with their parents, prevented them from keeping the promise they made to each other.

Paul and Eden were madly in love | Photo: Pexel

At the time, interracial marriages were not legal in the United States, which posed a significant difficulty for Paul and Eden, as Paul was an American, born and raised in California, while Eden was an African, born in Chad and raised in California. when his father moved there for work.

Despite this, they decided to tempt fate and one day escape. But Eden’s mother caught her in the act of her and forbade her to leave the house.

Paul’s parents were also not in favor of their relationship and moved to another state to make sure their son didn’t “waste” his life after some stupid action. They had lied to him, telling him that Eden was not the right girl for him and that she had betrayed him.

Paul was devastated and decided never to contact Eden again, without giving her a chance to explain. But Eden had never betrayed him.

He was heartbroken when Paul moved to another city without telling him, and wrote him several letters after finding out where he had moved, telling him he was the only one he had ever loved.

Paul knew nothing about it until he was older and discovered the letters one day as he was moving to Tennessee for work.

Paul discovered the letters of Eden, but it was already too late | Photo: Pexel

Paul’s parents had hidden the letters from him and he only discovered them that day. His heart pounded when he read them, and he flew to California to look for her. Unfortunately it was too late. She had disappeared without a trace. He asked his neighbors about her and began the search to find her, but all of this had been in vain.

Paul accepted his fate and moved to Tennessee, where he met Jaden. To him, his relationship with Jaden felt more like a lifeline than true love. But she allowed him not to think about Eden, and after a few years of marriage and the birth of their three daughters, she began to like Paul and was content with her family life.

However, another tragedy struck the man 25 years after their marriage and Jaden died of cancer. The children had already grown up, but Paul made sure to take care of them until they got married and settled down.

But now he often felt alone, but he enjoyed this situation. Sometimes he wondered why fate had been so cruel to his wife and if he would ever have the opportunity to see Eden again.


“Um … Eden … is that you?” Paul said hesitantly, after seeing the woman.

Paul was really alone after the death of his wife | Photo: Pexel

He quickly looked away from this unexpected question. She quickly hid her tears and hurried off with the bag of bread. Paul wondered if he was wrong and if that woman was really Eden, he Eden of him. But his heart, unlike his brain, told him he was right.

She looked him in the eye, and they were the same ones she had seen 62 years ago. Also, his voice, though hesitant, had the familiar softness and tone of the woman he had known and loved. He rushed out of the shop, convinced that he wasn’t wrong in identifying his first love.

Fortunately it was still visible despite the thick layer of snow that fell around them. He ran to her before she disappeared, as she had done 62 years ago.

“I know it’s you, Eden! I know I can’t be wrong. Please listen to me!” she said grabbing her arm from behind.

However, she moved in a way she didn’t want him to touch her and turned away. “I think you are wrong, sir. I’m not Eden,” she said with a slight smile on her face and tears in her eyes.

Paul rushed after the old woman | Photo: Pexel

“I know you never cheated on me. I got the letters, but it was too late. I’m sorry,” he said abruptly, and the woman’s smile gradually turned into a desperate expression. She hid her face behind her hands and ended up breaking down in tears.

“Then why did you leave me? Why didn’t you come to get me?” she whispered, crying uncontrollably.

Paul covered her with his overcoat and took her to a nearby bar. He ordered her a cup of hot coffee and asked her politely, “What happened, Eden? Why are you here in Tennessee and this state?”

The woman, who was still sobbing, dried her tears and told her whole story.

It turns out that after Eden and Paul separated, Eden’s parents forced her to marry a man named Michael, who lived in Tennessee. He was a builder and unfortunately died in a terrible accident at one of his construction sites.

After her death, Eden had to take care of their four adopted children on her own. She managed to support them financially until they got a good job and settled down. However, once on their feet, they considered her mother a burden on her and refused to take care of her.

Paul and Eden spent the evening in a café | Photo: Pexel

At the age of 80, Eden was unable to work and survived on her meager resources. However, once her job was done, she found herself struggling to make ends meet.

Paul’s heart broke when he felt how terrible and hard life had been for her. He offered to help and kindly asked her, “If you don’t mind, you can stay with me, Eden. Would that be okay?”

“No, Paul,” Eden said, embarrassed. “I don’t want to be a burden to anyone. I don’t want to be a problem to anyone anymore.”

“Unfortunately, Eden,” Paul whispered as he put his hand on hers, “life hasn’t been kind to me either. My wife died years ago and my daughters got married and settled in other countries. it was fate that united us. Don’t you want to give me the chance to finish what we started years ago? “

Eden couldn’t hold back her tears when Paul said it. However, she wasn’t ready yet. “I appreciate your help, Paul, but a lot has happened. I need time to think about it.”

Paul respected her decision and assured her that things would be better soon. And from that day on, he visits her and comes to her aid.

Paul and Eden got married | Photo: Pexel

Eden could not control her feelings for Paul, despite her best efforts. She ended up falling in love with him a second time. A year later, she decided to marry him and she proposed him. Paul eagerly accepted, and they had a modest and sweet wedding in a Nashville church, which was attended by Paul’s daughters and many of their closest neighbors.

Eden’s children refused to participate in their marriage, which made her feel uncomfortable. But she was thrilled to be with her first love and her family who accepted her wholeheartedly.

What can we learn from this story?

  • God works in mysterious ways. Paul’s visit to the supermarket was a day like any other. He didn’t know it was all part of God’s plan to reunite him with his first love.
  • The matches are played in heaven. Paul and Eden were meant to be together, and it happened despite the time it took to get through.

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