Do you believe in fate? If not, a Jersey couple's love story might change your mind in a big way. Thanks to a recently unearthed home video, Jourdan and Ryan Spencer discovered that they crossed paths at Sesame Place amusement park 16 years before they ever met.
Back in 1988, 10-year-old Jourdan's parents recorded her going down a water slide at the Pennsylvania theme park. Sounds simple enough — except for the fact that a 13-year-old Ryan walked into the frame! That's not the only time they dodged their ultimate destiny. Both attended the same Rolling Stones concert at Shea Stadium in 1989, but didn't encounter each other then, either.
Fast-forward to 2004, and Jourdan (née Barovick) and Ryan finally met on a blind date. They married in 2007, and now have three children. Somewhere along the way, they had a conversation about their seminal childhood theme-park visit, about which they both said they felt "too cool for Sesame Place" at the time. Cue Jourdan dredging up her home movie where, much to her shock, she got a glimpse of her husband from the past.
"It was clear it was him," Jourdan told the Today Show of the first time she saw it again. "He was like a geeky, tall, thin kid with horrible glasses."
Ryan agrees. "It's definitely me — my ears, the glasses I was wearing at that age, everything."
Unbelievably, the tape went missing for a time before it finally resurfaced last Christmas, according to NJ.com. The Spencers wisely converted it to a DVD for safe-keeping.
Speaking on the crazy coincidence on Today, Ryan noted, "Just the chance of that happening...is pretty crazy. Not a lot of people were filming back then. It's not like today when everybody has a cell phone."
Their six-year-old daughter Sophie is equally blown away, according to Jourdan. "My daughter just can't believe it," she said. "She keeps saying, 'How did Daddy know you were there?' She told all her friends at school, 'My parents met at Sesame Place, but they didn't really meet."
Their love story is the kind that usually happens in movies, but Jourdan sees a real-life takeaway for all hopeful single men and women, saying, "I just think it's some kind of connection and I think it gives hope to someone who may not have met that person yet. They may not be where you expect them to be."