Woman's discovery about her boyfriend and late mom is giving people goosebumps
When Leah Menzies, an 18-year-old college student in Australia, first met her boyfriend's family, his mother did what many mothers do: dusted off old photos.
"His mom told me how he made that silly face in a school photo. She thought it was funny," Menzies told TODAY Parents.
Menzie's partner of seven months, Thomas McLeodd, also 18, wasn't the least bit embarrassed. He knew exactly what picture she was talking about and went to get it from a bookshelf.
"He opens this album and all of a sudden he's like, 'Oh my God. Oh my god — over and over again," Menzies recalled. "I couldn't understand why he was so dramatic."
It was almost like seeing a ghost.
McLeodd stared at a photo of himself and Menzie's late mother. She had been his preschool teacher. McLeodd recognized her face from the pictures Menzies keeps in her room.
Menzies, who was seven when her mother died of liver failure, broke down in tears when McLeodd showed her the picture.
"It's incredible that she knew him," Menzies said. "What annoys me is that she was dating my boyfriend-to-be and had no idea."
McLeodd has no memories of his teacher - he was only 3 years old when their paths crossed. But McLeodd's mother remembers her as "kind and very gentle."
Since Menzies shared the touching story on TikTok, it has gone viral with more than 33 million views.
"Chills. Immediate chills," wrote on Person.
Adding another: "Take it as a sign from her."
Menzies said that's exactly what she's doing.
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