For today's story, we're gonna talk about happy online dating times with Kelly's success story.
If you don't read Kelly's blog, you're missing out. She's sweet, funny, intelligent (a lawyer!) and gorgeous, which is practically unfair to the rest of us 'cuz she's so amazing. She and her fiance met online, which is adorable story (and quite possibly one of my favorites). She writes,
It was shortly after Thanksgiving in 2009, after my last relationship ended (for the 4th, and final time) that I decided to take a crack at online dating. I made my profile and launched it on the website, and impatiently waited for Prince Charming.
I had a "free" subscription and therefore couldn't read the emails I was receiving. One day, I saw a handsome character named MatthewClark13 had "winked" at me. I was dying to see if he had sent me an email too. I cracked for a "free 3-day trial" and scanned my messages, hoping there would be one from Matthew.
Sure enough, there it was.
I demurely sent him my personal email address, and hoped he'd respond. My 3-day trial ended, and still no word from Matthew. (Plenty of emails from a creepy "bro" named Brian who insisted we could have casual sex on his boat all summer... mmmmm, no thanks.)
Finally, A few days later, there was a message in my inbox. One email turned into dozens, which grew into a plan to meet on New Years Eve 2009 to go ice skating at The Depot in Minneapolis. (Note: M later confessed he wanted to suggest a public place during the daytime so I could be assured he wasn't a serial killer. Aww, how thoughtful!)
That ice skating date was followed by a dinner date, a mini golf date, and hundreds more dates. Three months into the relationship, in a freak random turn of events, M was diagnosed with a paralyzed left vocal cord (basically, he got exhuasted if he had to speak in loud settings, and sometimes couldn't make his voice loud enough to compete with noise). For a guy whose career is based of his ability to communicate with his clients, he was crushed. I drove with him to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester a few months after that for consultations, and eventually, a silicone injection to plump up the vocal cord, so his other one wouldn't have to stretch as far when he talked. It was during all this I realized how much he meant to me. (In another freak turn of events, his vocal cord randomly showed signs of movement a few months after the injection! It's not where it used to be, and he still gets fatigued speaking at times, but it's a lot better than it was).
Two and a half years later, April 7, 2012, Matt took me back to The Depot, the place where it all began. He stopped me outside, in the exact spot he first saw me walking into the building, got down on one knee, and popped the question.
We go to The Depot every year to celebrate our anniversary.
I said yes, cried, we hugged, and strangers shouted their "congrats!"
We rounded the corner to hop in the car and head to dinner (at the place we had our second date), when we spotted it: Matt was in the middle of getting a parking ticket (in the 5 minutes it took him to propose, nonetheless).
After accepting that it was kind of hilarious, and a neat commemoration of the day (and being unable to talk the guy out of giving him the ticket) we headed to dinner, and then to my parents to surprise our families!
Now Matt and Kelly are happily engaged and get married on October 5th, 2013!
Is that not the sweetest story ever?! Gives hope to the rest of us! Got any good (or bad!) online dating stories? Email me or leave a comment to be featured! If you like these stories, you can also go here to read the full series!