Three years ago, Kasey Bergh sent a text message that would alter the course of her life.
She didn’t know it at the time, of course, because she’s not a wizard, and the text was a relatively innocuous one: “Hey, it’s Kasey. I was supposed to connect w Maria @ the park but her plane was delayed so I’m at the Westin. Wanted to see if I could connect w anyone else.”
The message went through – to the wrong person. Harry Glendening received it. And then he responded to it, writing, “Sorry you’ve got the wrong number. But if i wasn’t headed to work I’d b down to hang ;)”
Bergh replied and explained her situation: She was in Denver and was having trouble meeting up with coworkers. Over the next week, the pair continued to exchange texts and struck up a courtship that ended up in a marriage ceremony on June 27, three years to the day after Bergh sent the first text.
Bergh said that in 2012, she’d “given up” on finding love, six years after a divorce. Glendening, for his part, was stuck in an unhappy relationship and a dead-end job in the paint department at a Lowe’s.
The couple’s 30-year-age difference (Bergh is 53, Glendening is in his mid-20s) came up first over text, though by the time the two were set to meet, it was a moot point. “It really didn’t make any difference,” Glendening told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We were so connected at that point through deeper stuff.”
“It’s not a relationship you see very often,” Glendening added. “One that defies the age stereotype.”
When Glendening proposed to Bergh, he used Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You,” her favorite song: “If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you. When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me.”