Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 3.17.50 PMIn January 2007, Rachel P. Salazar was living in Bangkok, Thailand. Ruben P. Salazar was in Waco, Texas. They were 9,000 miles apart and completely unaware of each other’s existence. But when an email meant for Rachel accidentally went to Ruben, it wasn’t long before an ordinary mistake began to look like an extraordinary stroke of luck.

At StoryCorps, they remember how an errant keystroke led to an enduring romance. See their first email exchange above.

Watch “To R.P. Salazar, With Love,” the animation of Rachel and Ruben’s story.

Originally aired May 13, 2011, on NPR’s Morning Edition.