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James & Geraldine - Texas, United States
Engaged September 2011
The Ultimate “Never Too Late for Love” Story
James and Geraldine had lived long lives—let’s just say both are eligible for senior-citizen discounts—but found themselves single and looking for love. Loneliness drove Geraldine, a retired Texan, to join our site. James, a farmer in Iowa, signed up because he saw that there were “a number of available women, and pretty ones!”
Many couples admit that, at the outset, they weren’t confident online dating would bring them the love they sought. But these two, despite growing up in a world without personal computers, much less the Internet, had a good feeling about it right from the start. “I felt that the one for me was on this site,” Geraldine says. James agrees. “I felt positive I would find someone.”
James was a member for five months and Geraldine for five weeks before their paths crossed. She viewed his profile and was struck by his stoic charisma. Geraldine elaborates, “I was impressed with his overalls and his smile.”
James saw that an attractive woman in his age range had checked him out. So he looked her up. “I liked her profile… her smile and puppy-dog brown eyes,” he recalls.
They whiled away pleasant hours on the phone, joking around and getting to know each other. Their passions in life were similar: religion, politics, dancing. But there is one common interest they have yet to share. “We like bowling, but we have not been able to find open lanes yet,” James laments.
The road to romance was bumpy at first. On the evening of their first date, the moon and stars were not in evidence and between the darkness and Geraldine’s GPS device, fate conspired to delay her. She arrived much later than expected. “I was hooked to the point of driving 1250 miles, due to a TomTom error, to meet him in person!” She says.
“I was pacing the floor until she came,” James chimes in. Geraldine might have arrived frustrated, but she left with the certainty that her long journey was not in vain. “I was sure we were a match,” she says. “And we continued to see each other…”
At this stage of his life, James prefers to speak the unvarnished truth. Geraldine appreciated his candor about his intentions for dating. James says, “I told her I wouldn’t string her along. Either I would marry a woman or dump her.”
Well, he sure didn’t dump her. One day, the couple went out on a normal outing. “I took her to the jewelry store and it was closed on Monday, but the owner happened to be in the building and let us in.”
Just like that, they were picking out engagement rings. “I am marrying my Jim and can hardly wait,” Geraldine laughs. “He considers my every feeling before he does anything. He is the joy of my life even though we are in our senior years.”
James dotes on Geraldine and fixes breakfast for her every day. It sure doesn't feel like work. “We’re acting like 20-year old kids, kissing in public,” he says. “Gerri and I get along great. I am as happy as I have been in years. I grin like an old possum all of the time!”
With their accumulated life experience filtered through the joy of an autumn romance, both James and Geraldine have wisdom to share with singles still looking. “Be truthful with the people you meet,” she advises. “Don’t try to change anyone to make them what you want them to be.”
“Life is nothing but a speck in time,” James says. “Take it from someone who is over 70 years old. A person is non-reloadable. Don’t play games.”
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