Happy Valentine’s Day!
FFA members and alumni submitted so many lovely stories this week at our FFA Connect website. We’ll share a few of our favorites with you throughout the day.
First, a story of best friends who met through FFA, lost contact for a few years, and then reunited via Facebook. It was submitted to us by Shelby Thompson of Cairo, Georgia.
It was the year 2007 I believe, in Indianapolis, Indiana. My first National FFA convention.
Our group, from Grady County, stayed at a huge hotel with the indoor pool and pool tables. Our first night there, we were playing pool with some other FFA kids when I met Tyler from Irwin County.
I remember going to the meetings and sitting in the hallways in the evenings at the hotel just talking to one another, learning about each other.
We parted after that week in Indiana. He didn’t have a phone, or any other way for me to keep in touch. Throughout the remainder of our high school FFA years, we would always run into each other at state conventions and competitions and would talk as though we had never been apart.
Then 2009 rolled around: graduation. It was a slightly sad moment for me. I was president of our chapter senior year, and I was going to greatly miss everything about FFA; especially being able to see–as I called him– my best friend.
The years went by and I always wondered what he was up to, and how he was doing.
One day in the beginning of 2012, I finally found him on Facebook. I found out that I had been living and working right down the road from him! And, I was always traveling through his hometown, hauling horses and hitting rodeos. It was insane to think we were so close all along.
We exchanged numbers and it was like we never skipped a beat. We’ve been dating ever since and going strong.
I thank the Lord for letting me have the privilege of being in FFA, giving me all the great opportunities I’ve been given and letting me meet such great, life long friends. If it wasn’t for FFA, I’d have never met my best friend and the love of my life.
Do you also have a great story about your FFA experience? Submit it to us at www.connectffa.org.