I had used several dating sites without much success. There are a few dubious sites, and unfortunately most of the men on these sites thought I was looking for sex and nothing else. This was in spite of putting in my profile that I had recently been widowed and was thinking about getting back into the real world after a bit of a difficult time. I was looking for someone to form a relationship with, someone of like mind, and someone with whom eventually I might spend the rest of my life.
I had a few encounters on Parship - all of whom were OK. Your service seems to be able to get genuine enquiries, on the whole. I was looking at the latest list of contacts, and the percentage thing is actually quite useful. I can't remember what Dave's was, but his profile seemed nice, so I sent him an Icebreaker. It wasn't until I'd pressed the Send button that I realised he was up in Birmingham. I didn't think any more about it, until I got a reply back. I then replied to him, saying that I hadn't realised he was in Birmingham and that distance might be a problem. He said he'd still like to 'chat' so we continued to email each other for a while. Incidentally, Dave had only gone on the site because he'd seen an advert on the TV, plus when my Icebreaker arrived, he decided he'd sign up for a month. He says it's the best £35 he's ever spent! Eventually I gave him my mobile number to text and he rang me straight away. After that we talked every night for hours on end about absolutely everything. He knew what I looked like, but I didn't know what he looked like, which is always a bit scary, but when I saw his photo he looked really nice.
Eventually, he came to Taunton to visit for the weekend. I said he could stay at my house and it was on the understanding that if we didn't like each other he'd go. It was very nerve wracking waiting for someone to arrive, and not know if you're going to get on or not. As soon as we met, I knew it was going to be alright. We got on so well, again talking for ages, and the rest is history really. I have been to visit him in Birmingham and he has been to mine and is due down again this weekend. We have been to Majorca for a week together, and things are really great. We text and talk every day. We are so well suited it's scary. I have never felt this way about anyone, and I really feel that I have found the true love of my life. This is not being disloyal to my husband to whom I was married for 30 years, but this is a different kind of love.
We intend being together for the rest of our lives. How we will eventually live together is still a question that can't be answered, but we will be together one day. We both have our jobs, family and commitments in our own areas, but love will conquer all, believe me. I felt I'd known Dave all my life when he walked into my house on that initial meeting. We had literally talked about anything and everything for hours. I trust him implicitly, and feel I am the most fortunate woman on this planet. I am so lucky to have him, and just think if I hadn't pressed that button I would never have met him.