You can never say that Eric Cardwell isn’t a romantic. He’s unorthodox perhaps, but definitely a romantic.
And let’s be honest, he’s a tad lucky too. I mean the guy is going to marry his middle school crush! Do you even know where your middle school sweetheart is?
Thirty years ago, Cardwell is sitting on the bus when SHE walked on. We can imagine it now as a Hollywood moment. She steps on the bus, Soft light surrounding her, a sultry sax follows her every step.
When Cardwell saw Traci Self, he was hooked. He was also scared. This was middle school after all.
They rode that same bus day in and day out, across school years. Once they even had a class together.
Cardwell, though, never was able to muster up the courage to ask her out. Finally graduation came, and with it, Cardwell’s last opportunity to profess his love.
He couldn’t do it. The two graduated and moved on, met and married other people, eventually both divorcing.
That’s where the third player in our story arrived: Facebook. (You knew Facebook would be in this right?)
This time Cardwell had the courage and he sent her a message on the site. She responded and, well as he told Inside Edition “It turned into days of constant messaging, which then turned into a first date.”
After they dated for a while Cardwell decided that yes, she was still THE ONE. He also knew that, given their history there was only one proper way to propose.
This time though, the Internet let him down and he was unable to find the bus where he first saw her. He did the next best thing; he rented a bus and pasted their old bus number on the side.
That’s how bus 1738 became The Love Bus. He asked, she said yes, and somewhere I suppose a middle school boy got his wings.