Little Pick Me Ups!
Emma found her sweetheart in French class
We all remember our high-school sweethearts. Mine was Matt Bettinson. Swoon!
In my form class from age 11, we hardly spoke until we sat together in French at 15. He was so funny, made me laugh.
In the same friendship group, we started to hang out at lunchtime together.
Then, at 16, our friend Emma, 28, told me Matt fancied me.
Catching his eye across the form room, I blushed. I fancied him, too! So my friends marched him over.
‘Will you be my girlfriend?’ he stuttered.
I was so embarrassed, but I still managed to say yes.
That night, we went to Ilkeston fair – and we’ve never been apart since.
At university, we dated long-distance. Then, at
27, we got jobs and set up home in Heaner, in Derbyshire.
People were obsessed with us getting married. But after a decade of waiting for a proposal, I gave up hope!
Then, on our 12-year anniversary last October, we were off to Ilkeston fair again...
It’d become a tradition to meet with old friends there.
Our friend Laura messaged Matt, now 28, asking to pick up our mate Conor from our old school on the way.
Conor was teaching there.
We were driving to the fair anyway, so we made a detour.
When we arrived, I told Matt I’d wait in the car. But he insisted I come in with him, and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Weird… Matt told me Conor had arranged for our old head teacher Joan to let us in.
She still worked there, and took us around the place for old times’ sake.
‘It’s changed so much!’ I gasped.
Only, when we got to Conor’s classroom, Joan pushed us in… and locked the door!
‘Matt, what the..?’ I gasped, stopping mid-sentence.
It was our old form room. The table where Matt first asked me out was covered in candles and lanterns.
‘Will you marry me?’ he smiled, sitting in his old seat.
I’d hardly said yes when our friends came bursting out from the cupboard!
Turns out Matt’d been planning it for months – even managing to get the head teacher on board.
Well, they do say French is the language of love...
Our old teacher pushed us in…and locked the door!
Drinking in class? Well, we did have a good reason!
We’ve been in love since our teens