“When some of my friend urged me to sign up for an online dating site, I was very sceptical. How in the world could a website find my life partner for me? Now, I’m so glad that I took my friend’s advice. I have been married to the man of my dreams for the past 3 years and would have never found him otherwise.
I logged on to the site; it was free and totally easy to set up my profile. After answering a few questions and adding some pictures, I was ready to go. A couple of weeks went by and I hadn’t had anything going on. Then, one day it happened. I logged on and had a message. I read it and at first I really didn’t know how to react. This man had read my dating profile and found that we had a lot in common. Still, how could he know anything about me just from reading my answers to a few basic questions? After taking a day to think it over, I responded to his message. I thought why not, what did I have to lose? After all, we were only communicating through the site and he didn’t have any personal information like my address or phone number. He responded quickly.
We communicated through the website for almost two months and I had learned enough about this man that I was starting to think about meeting him. My friends told me to slow down and maybe exchange phone numbers. I agreed that was probably the best route to go, so I sent a message. He was just as excited as I was and responded with his number. I was hesitant, but I called. He had a very nice voice and we talked for what felt like hours. We had talked so much through our messages that our conversation felt so natural. It was almost like we had been talking this way forever and was already old friends, or future lovers. He explained that he didn’t want to rush me, so we would go at my pace, but he would really like to meet. I said I would have to think it over.
We talked on the phone a few more times, and I decided that it was time that we met. I gave it some serious thought, because I didn’t want to put myself in a potentially dangerous situation. My phone number was a cell, so he had no address and I decided that I wanted to keep it that way. I didn’t want to sound like I thought he was some sort of freak, so I decided that meeting in a public place would be the best. I called him to make the arrangements. We planned to meet at a restaurant down-town. After we hung up from that conversation, I got really nervous. After all, we did have a lot in common, but what if he was just saying what he thought I wanted to hear? I wanted to meet him because I felt so comfortable with him, even just over the phone, but I wanted to be careful at the same time. I didn’t want to give up to much personal information.
Friday quickly rolled around, and I had thought about calling and cancelling several times. I decided to throw caution to the wind and go ahead and meet him. Besides, we were meeting in a very public place, and I was taking my own car. So, if things didn’t work out, I could just leave and quit talking to him. It couldn’t be that bad, could it? I got dressed; of course I debated about that for hours. I didn’t want to come across as easy or anything. So, I got dressed and left for the restaurant.
Once I got there and we met, it seemed like all the pieces feel into place. Our conversation was easy and relaxed. We already knew so much about each other that it only felt natural for us to be together. He turned out to be extremely handsome. Well, he was perfect, exactly what I had been looking for my entire life. We were married the next summer and have our first baby on the way. I have only the dating site to thank for helping me find the man of my dreams and giving me the family I had always dreamed of having.”
Submitted by Annette, October 2009