Ahhh, romance. Most of us are suckers for it. A good girl-meets-guy-against-all-odds story can have us all mushy inside.
Is it just me, or did you also suddenly become more likely to burst into tears at the drop of a hat once you became a mum? Not just me? Good. Yes, even a soppy TV ad can have me sobbing. So when I read the following story, needless to say I had more than just a tear in my eye.
A homeless man in the UK once gave a passer-by 50p. He had asked her for spare change and, when she explained her own not-so-great financial situation, ended up helping her out instead. Two and a half years later, after what the woman describes as “one mad love story”, they’ve tied the knot in a ceremony at St Paul’s church in Bristol, The Guardian reports
Jack Richardson gave Toni Osborne money for electricity so she would not have to spend Christmas in the dark.
Big Issue seller marries woman he met when asking for change https://t.co/XAxhIKwaEW. Made me :)to think it’s not about what you have
— MBison (@michaelmcnorton) March 20, 2016
“I was in a really bad place when I met Toni. I was having to beg every day just to get enough money for a night in a bed and breakfast,” Richardson said.
“It was coming up to Christmas 2013 and I wandered up to this woman to ask her for money and she just burst into tears. She had bought everything ready for Christmas and thought she had saved enough money for the meter, but when she put it in it wasn’t enough.
“She was a couple of pennies away from spending Christmas in the dark. Even though I was begging, I gave her the 50p to put her lights back on,” he said.