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HOW I MET FAITH The Date That Never Ended
A sk anybody who’s been to experience love in our lives, but it gets harder to meet people as you get older. Seeking romance when you have to juggle work, parenting, and other responsibilities is extremely difficult. But it can happen, and my life is the perfect example of that. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to pay tribute to the long and winding journey that resulted in me meeting the most remarkable person I’ve ever known: Faith. divorced, and they’ll tell you that getting back in the dating game is difficult. We all want Not long after my divorce in 2011, I began using online dating sites as a way to meet people without having to go out every weekend. As a lawyer and father of two, taking the time to mingle at bars and the like was simply out of the question. The first long-term relationship I had as a result of an online match didn’t go according to plan. The woman and I got along great, but she didn’t have any interest at all in being a part of my kids’ lives, so I knew it wasn’t going anywhere permanent. Slightly down-trodden, I reactivated my profile and decided to give dating another shot. After a series of pleasant but unremarkable dates, I matched with a woman named Faith. Once burned, I was wary of meeting up because Faith didn’t have children of her own. Despite my hesitations, Leslie from our office insisted I give the date a chance. “What have you got to lose?” she asked me. Her push ended up being the best piece of advice I’ve ever received in my life. Faith and I set a date at Ocean Prime here in Tampa. To be totally honest, I was expecting us to have some cocktails, grab a small bite to eat, say our thank-yous, and head on our separate
ways. Imagine my surprise when I looked down at my watch to see it was 11:30. We had been sitting and talking for hours, completely absorbed in our conversation and oblivious to everything going on around us. I’d like to think we both immediately realized that our date was the start of something special — I know that I sure did. It couldn’t have been a week after our initial meeting when I knew I wanted our relationship to be something serious. Luckily, Faith felt the same way. We have had something of a whirlwind romance. In Faith, I’ve found a partner whom I’d be lucky to spend the rest of my life with. As a result of my experience, you’ll never hear me talk trash about online dating. In fact, I never would’ve met Faith without it. “To be totally honest, I was expecting us to have some cocktails, grab a small bite to eat, say our thank-yous, and head on our separate ways. Imagine my surprise when I looked down at my watch to see it was 11:30.” Faith has taught me so much about what it means to be a partner. She may not have kids of her own, but she has become an important part of my children’s lives. I don’t want to speak for them, but I can see the many motherly things she does. For example, she is an expert at finding out people’s interests and doing things to make them feel special. It’s not uncommon for the kids to wake up to her making them breakfast when
they are home on a break from college — it’s not a generic breakfast either. She makes each one their favorite. When they’re at college, I’ll get a call from one of my kids thanking me for a gift I sent to them. More often than not, it’s actually Faith who sent the gift, and I’m pretending I knew about it all along. That’s just the type of person she is. Her selflessness knows no bounds. “Busy lawyer and father of two” isn’t the type of bio that’s going to attract everybody. It did, however, manage to entice the one person who mattered. Thank you, Faith, for being an integral part of the happiest years of my life. I don’t know where I’d be today without you.
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