People often say that love turns up in the unlikeliest of places, or that love will come to you when you least expect it. In some love stories, those old idioms couldn’t be more true.
Take the story of Gordon MacDonald. Gordon was working in a grocery store in Canada when he opened a case of pineapple juice that had been shipped from the Philippines. Inside the case, hidden amongst the bottles of juice, Gordon found a note. The only thing written on it was ‘pen pal wanted’.
Although the date on the note said that it had been written 11 months earlier, Gordon decided to go out on a limb and write back. He wanted the mysterious note writer to know where their letter ended up. So he sent his reply across the world to the Philippines.
A few weeks later, Gordon’s letter arrived at the door of Gilda Feliciano. Gilda had been working at a pineapple juice factory in the Philippines when she put her original letter in a crate of pineapple juice. She hadn’t expected anything to come of it, but she sent Gordon a Christmas card to let him know she had received his letter.
That Christmas card sparked a two-and-a-half year correspondence. At first, they wrote to each other once a week. Then, they began writing every day. Their daily letters turned into long phone calls, and eventually, a marriage proposal. In 1982, Gordon flew to the Philippines to marry Gilda. They are still married today, 33 years later. All thanks to a case of pineapple juice.
Or there’s the story of Paolina and Ake Viking. In 1955, Ake was a Swedish sailor on a long trip at sea when he dropped a message in a bottle overboard. Eventually, the bottle washed ashore in Sicily, Italy, where a fisherman found it and took it to his daughter as a joke. His daughter, Paolina, amazed that the bottle had made it so far, wrote back to Ake. Soon, the two were exchanging letters and photographs, and falling in love. In 1958, Ake traveled to Sicily to marry Paolina.
These two love stories just go to show that true love really can strike anywhere.