When Kevin Walsh proposed to his wife, the wording he used was very specific and very special. He’d actually penned the words ten years earlier, after he and his wife had just finished speaking on the phone. That phone call was perhaps the most important phone call of Kevin’s life and it came totally out of blue.
So when asked on Quora , “What is one moment in your life you thought could only happen in a movie,” Kevin knew he had to tell the story about that phone call, what happened before it and what happened after. Here is the story:
Once upon a time I was 13 at a summer camp and the prettiest girl I’d ever seen walked right up to me and said ‘black is a good color on you.’ No idea why. We chatted and became friends, exchanged AIM screen names (it was the time) and stayed in touch for a while.
We fell off each others’ radar some time in high school, but I can promise you that not a day went by that I didn’t think about that girl. Even now I’m not sure I can say why – something about her just stayed with me.
In my senior year I went through some dumb high school stuff that seemed earth-shattering at the time, and fell hard into depression. I resolved to take my own life, wrote a note and went to where I planned to end things.
Somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds before I would have committed suicide, my phone rang. I checked the caller ID – I couldn’t die not knowing. It was a number I didn’t recognize, so I picked up and it was her.
I asked her what was up and she said she just felt like she had to call me. At that point it had been a year since we had spoken, and at that moment she just had to call. Long story short, she pried, I spilled the beans and she talked me out of it. I mean she literally said ‘What? Don’t do that.’ And that was that.
She made me promise to call her the next day, and we hung up. That night I started writing the words which, ten years later, I’d propose with.
My first crush called me out of the blue at exactly the right moment to prevent my suicide, and then I married her a decade later.”