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Finders Keepers

 
This week's prompt for Sunday Scribblings is "Where in the World?" This is my story...

"Where in the world did you find him?" she asked me curiously. I can't begin to count the number of times I've been asked that same question in the past eighteen months. When I tell people about my new husband the reaction is always the same - he seems almost too good to be true, and good men are very hard to find.

"I met him on the Internet in Yahoo! Personals" I respond with a smile. This is true, but I also I know that God was behind our meeting - it wasn't just a chance occurrence. God often uses everyday means to effect miracles in our lives.

Reactions to my good fortune vary, depending up who is doing the asking. The few people who truly know me and love me are delighted that I have finally found someone who will treat me the way a wife should be treated. Single friends who have been alone a long time try hard (and sometimes not so hard) to conceal their jealousy. Family members who have always questioned the sanity of my choices when it comes to men wonder what major character flaws this one has that they can't see on the surface. His friends wonder why he chose me of all people, when they knew lovely women they were eager to match him up with. They question why in the world would I be search for love on the Internet, and why would he?

"That's dangerous", said many a well-meaning friend. And yes, it's true - there are a lot of crazies on the Internet who pretend to be something they're not in an attempt to lure in unsuspecting women. But not everyone who places an ad on an dating site is deranged and/or dangerous. Some of us are just plain lonely folks whose lifestyles don't afford the opportunity to meet members of the opposite sex in traditional environments.

"Internet relationships never last", others say. Well I believe this one will, and I personally know a few other couples who met on the Internet and who have been happily married for several years now. I run into more couples who've met this way all the time!

"Aren't you a little old to be placing ads on the Internet, isn't that stuff for young people?" gasp the naysayers who probably secretly wish they could have such good fortune or experience the excitement of trying something new. Can one ever be too old to find love? People use whatever means of connecting is available to them, and for many of all ages the Internet has provided a great way to do this.

Certainly I had to sort thru some less than desirable characters to find my Prince Charming. In fact, by December I had just about given up on Internet dating and planned to let my subscription to Yahoo! Personals lapse. After all, I'm not Barbie and Ken wasn't looking for someone like me. But that little voice inside me said "give it one more chance", so I renewed my membership for one more month, telling myself this would be the last renewal, and I kept searching.

Just a few days later I spotted John's profile and pictures. The attraction was instant and I liked what he had to say. I sent off a greeting, he replied quickly... and the rest is history! Just five months later I moved to a new town to begin our life together and three months after that we were married. There hasn't been a single day since that I've regretted those decisions.

John told me that real love grows deeper and stronger every day. I didn't believe that back then. I really didn't even believe in love, but he's made a believer out of me and all I can say is "finders keepers!"

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28 comments:

  1. :)
    this has to be the perfect of all prompts :)

    Check out my prompt at
    Where in the world

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  2. It certainly was for me, Desi... tailor-made for my story. :-) Now I'm headed over to read yours!

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  3. awesome, it is great to hear about good relationships coming from the net. You prove that having a good relationship is about building. where and how you met is unimportant.
    we must all sift out the bad no matter where you find it and keep the good, no matter where you find it.
    Old Grizz is happy for you happiness.

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  4. Thank you Old Grizz!! I agree, there are good people to be found everywhere, and some not so good, it is up to us to discern which is which. I have been totally blessed to be gifted with one of God's finest!

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  5. You go girl! Love blossoms where it blossoms and you don't ever have to justify it.
    We should all have it so good!

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  6. Thanks Lerual! At first I was hesitant to tell people how we met, since they so often responded negatively. Now that it's going so well, I like to think of us as ambassadors for oldies, preaching that love is waiting to be found! :-) I never would have believed it possible until I met John.

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  7. I am one of your single friends and I am not the least bit jealous :) Good to see you happy.

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  8. Oh, I'm so happy for you! Love is where you find it, and I hope yours will last forever!

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  9. Thank you Stan Ski! I too, hope that John and I are blessed with many, many years together. We are in it for keeps.

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  10. Dearest Bonnie, I have never known you to have anything but a heart overflowing with love and caring for family, friends, and everyone! You've been with me as I travelled down those dark roads and I know that you appreciate how my life has changed. Thank you! :-)

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  11. Welcome Granny Smith, and thank you! My story is truly one with a surprise happy ending - far better than I ever would have believed. I know in my heart that John and I will always be together, we are committed to that and we are happy.

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  12. A fairy tale for the new times! Lovely!

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  13. Lots of luck and happy wishes from my side!

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  14. Hello Tumblewords! My story is indeed the stuff of fairytales. I would have laughed at anyone who tried to tell me my life would turn out this way, but it certainly is wonderful!

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  15. Thank you much Thornbird! I appreciate you stopping by to read.

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  16. I love your story. I feel like I watched it unfold. (Yeah, yeah, even though we've never met.)

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  17. Hi Patty! Oh but we have met thru the sharing of sharing our words and the stories of our lives! I'm glad you've been with me on this journey. I think it proves how much life can change if we believe in the possibility!

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  18. To heck with those naysayers(is that how you spell it? I dont think so but i am sticking with it). The only person who needs to be satisfied with your meeting is your husband and it sounds like the two of you are so happy. I wish you the best!

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  19. Hello Hopefully! Yup, that's how you spell it, and I agree with you. There will always be those who want to rain on your parade. John and I couldn't be happier and that is all that matters. Thank you for the good wishes!

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  20. I have two close friends who are in successful relationships with men they met online. Of course, there are weirdos on those internet dating sites but there are weirdos everywhere.

    I am really glad you have had such a success story. It makes me think that romance is not dead!

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  21. Exactly Selma, there are weirdos everwhere, we tend to focus on the negatives of things that are new and we feel uncertain about. There are also lots of really nice folks on Internet dating sites, I was blessed to meet one! I used to think romance was just for fantasies and fairytales, but now I know that it is still alive and well!

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  22. This is jaw-dropping! Congratulations! And may God bless your new life together!

    That's awesome!

    ps Thank you for stopping by!

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  23. Lovely to hear it is working so well for you both. Each to his own I reckon. Good for you.

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  24. Welcome Aspiemom, and thank you for your congratuations! It makes me smile to think of two old ordinary folks meeting up in a high-tech environment. See, you really can teach old dogs new tricks! I am blessed with each day John and I have together, and believe me I cherish them!

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  25. Hello Linda! You are exactly right... each to his own. There is no one way of meeting someone that works for everyone. I believe that if God has a hand in it, the meeting will occur somehow! I continue to be amazed at how well our relationship works, having been thru some nightmares in my past. Maybe the years have made us wiser about getting along too!

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  26. After all, marriages are made in Heaven. A partner is chosen for everyone, and then you meet.

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  27. I absolutely agree with you Megha, there is a partner destined for everyone. Sometimes we get off track and make the wrong choices, but we learn from those relationships and we grow, and if we are patient we will meet the right one when the time comes!

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