Alright, I know that online love stories are a rare breed in this world. However, I might just be in one of those scarce moments where everything actually ends up working out.
Eight months after moving to a small town in PA, I started to engage in online dating. Not for the purpose of finding my significant someone, but rather to look for connections around the area. I guess it was a spur of the moment for me since online dating was the first thing that popped into my head after the move. Again, I wasn’t in the hunt for a boyfriend. I might’ve had the idea of going out on a date or two, but I didn’t expect more. Hey, dating is fun, right?
So, there I was going on dates with a few people. Dating people casually, I didn’t really meet anyone that even filled the smallest of my expectations. The honeymoon phase did catch me once or twice, but none that I expected to last a lifetime.
This is where the catch enters. One day, I met a group of interesting guys, who I still keep in touch and hang out with from time to time. It’s pretty difficult to keep a strong connection, but I do my best to stay friendly. I’ve even set up some of the guys on dates with my girlfriends. On top of this, as an occasional online gamer, I even crossed a point where I played against some of them, with them, and shared a few Spin Palace Casino bonus (the only site I play on). Crazy, right?
So there’s this guy named Eddy. He made the first move and messaged me first. Initially, he didn’t catch my attention and I never replied until a few days. Then he was ready to quit the whole online dating, but a last-ditch effort landed on my inbox. Here’s how his message went: “Hey, I’m getting off this, but I wanted to try for the last time and see if you would at all be interested in going on a date with me. Send me a text if you change your mind”. Okay, that caught my attention. Eventually, I texted him back and we exchange a few messages until he asked me out to dinner.
So we set up the date but had to take a rain check a few times due to my back-then hectic schedule. I didn’t set it as a priority, because at the same time I was seeing a lot of people. Although, when I met Eddy for the first time, things took a 180-degree turn. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to feel that way after our first date. I had been going out on a few dates, some of which were with guys whose names I don’t even remember.
Eddy took me out to dinner, which I found really courageous for a first date. We ended up hopping from one bar to another—lost count at seven. But after, I realized that this guy might actually be different from the other men I’ve gone out with. So there, felt something that rarely crosses my path.
About three weeks into dating, we just finished eating lunch at a nearby restaurant. I realized there and then that I was starting to develop feelings for him. We talked for hours and it felt right. That was one of the few moments where I wasn’t going through the motions. So I put the hammer down and told him that his online dating profile better be off.
Around that time was also his birthday and I gave him a puppy. This was definitely a bold move for myself, or us, as a couple. He’s now obligated to take care of our dog ever since. It’s a nice element that symbolizes our growing relationship.
Eddy loves to come up with scenarios where we could have met somewhere else. Like, a party, a concert, or while grocery shopping. Or, we used to live in the same neighborhood and would eat at the same place all the time, but never crossed paths.