One of my favourite questions to ask people when meeting them for the first time is: “How did you meet?” (if they are together as a couple obviously!)
I find it often tells you a little bit more about the persons in question than just the surface question and usually starts off a great conversation with more than a few laughs!! And many times I have been surprised by the “Soap opera” stories – a few are positively messy!
It’s so interesting to me to discover the amazing ways that people meet and connect and ultimately continue to have a relationship after a chance meeting that lasts for years even lifetimes….. fascinating!
Depending on the age range of the couple in question you might think you know what the most common connection is (mutual friends, a dance hall, school sweethearts) but these days with so many new ways of connecting springing up all the time especially online there is no formula to meet your mate!
So, I bet you are probably wondering my answer to this question – my husband and I met over 11 years on a BLIND DATE. Yes, occasionally they DO work out! This good fortune means that I am a big advocate of the blind date in all it’s forms and when a single friend of mine was recently bemoaning the lack of decent, marriageable men I was the first to encourage the “modern” form of blind-dating – online dating. Yes I know it can all go horribly wrong with stalkers and worse but I’m all for putting yourself out a little bit to make something happen. My favourite line comes to mind: “You got to be in it to win it” and I reckon that counts for dating too! In the last 2 years not one, but two, friends have tried this option with success – one is now married to her online romeo! What do you think – have you give online dating a bash – what were your experiences? And if you were in your single friends’ shoes would you try it? I suppose it is often viewed as “desperate” but isn’t hanging out in a club with your best face on also a bit desperate??? I think desperate is a state of mind! Who knows THE ONE might be waiting for you tonight!! If not, at least you’ll have some funny stories to share at your next girl’s night out! Alternatively if you aren’t keen on the internet and prefer a “real-life” meeting you could try an introduction agency. The lovely lady, Michele Griffiths, who set up my blind date those many years ago has recently opened up an introduction club for singles called Introduce Me (obviously as her first success I thought I should promote it!) If you, or a friend, are interested in joining just mention you found her through this blog and she will give you a discounted joining fee!
So, how did you meet your partner?? You didn’t think you were going to get away without sharing it with me! How long after you met did you know this was “The One”? Come on – share the story so the singles out there can get some “hunting ground” tips!! 🙂