Cyber Love Story – Doreen and Keith
After 15 years of marriage, newly divorced Doreen decided to give online dating a try. Doreen’s irresistible profile on OkCupid, along with the catchy screen name of Smiling Artist captured Keith’s attention.
When Keith wrote to Doreen in May, she initially decided to ignore his email. “I wasn’t crazy about his profile because in one of his photos, he was showing off just his arm with his flexed muscle,” said Doreen. Thinking it was tacky, Doreen took a pass on Keith. (Note: Photos matter and men posing without shirts can be a turn off to women)
A few days later, Doreen received a second email. “I think you’re too gorgeous to let you slip by,” wrote Keith. “I’m normal, have two legs and two arms. I think you should take a chance.” (Note: Sending a second email can work)
Keith’s sense of humor made Doreen laugh. Realizing that he was probably just joking around with the muscle shot, she decided to respond. (Note: Women love a man with a sense of humor.)
Keith, the devoted father of two, had been divorced for three years. He asked Doreen out to dinner. About a week later, they had their first date. “I felt safe with Keith and there was something about him that made me feel relaxed and comfortable in his presence,” said Doreen. She realized that Keith wasn’t a player and decided to try to get to know him better. On the couple’s second date, they went bowling. Their third date followed shortly afterwards, where the two went hiking.
On their 4th date, Keith invited Doreen to go on a romantic vacation to the Virgin Islands for her birthday. She wondered if she should accept his offer so early in the relationship. I suggested that she accept only on the terms that she would have her own room. Doreen initially declined his offer to go on the Caribbean vacation. Keith started emailing Doreen photos of the Caribbean, along with his company and Linkedin profiles to prove he was real.
After a few weeks, Doreen agreed to go on the trip with the one condition; she must have her own hotel room. Keith gladly accepted Doreen’s request and the two started planning their first vacation away together.
While in the island of St. Martin, Keith told Doreen he loved her for the first time. “I hope I’m making it perfectly clear how I feel about you,” said Keith. “I’m in love with you. I’m not telling you this to hear it back. I’m just letting you know how I feel.” Keith added, “I’ve never felt this way before, but I can’t help how I feel. I just want you to know.”
On their way home while at Passport Control, the Customs agent asked the happy couple if they were returning from their honeymoon. “Next time this year, I hope to say yes,” answered Keith.
After three months, Doreen realized that she felt the same way. Unconditionally, she told Keith that she was in love with him as well and couldn’t be happier.
Congratulations to Keith and Doreen who found love online after 50.
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Julie Spira is a leading online dating expert and founder of CyberDatingExpert.com. She creates irresistible profiles for singles on the dating scene. Julie’s the bestselling author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating and host of Mobile Dating BootCamp. For more dating advice, sign up for our Weekly Flirt newsletter and like us at Facebook.com/CyberDatingExpert.