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Dating is not always easy


One day when perusing the Mature Free and Single website I came across a profile that struck a cord with me. Phil 61, from Manchester. He looked really good in his photographs.  I began to read his profile which said the following:

Hi my name is Phil and I am 61 and I am not sure if I should really be on a dating site, but due to feeling quite lonely I thought I would give it a go. I gave up work last year to care for my elderly father who is 86. And although it can be rather difficult, it is the least that I can do for a great dad.

That profile melted my heart. I had seen quite a few members online who were undertaking a caring role for an elderly parent or relative, who were now on the site looking to make friends and after helping take care for my father I knew just how difficult a carers life can be.

I quickly emailed him saying that he had a great profile which I found very honest and sincere. He replied back a week later apologizing that he had not responded sooner because he had been really busy.

We then starting emailing each other every few days and I found myself looking forward to his messages which were always humorous and uplifting.  He admitted to me one day that he would really like to meet me in person and after organizing someone to  sit with his father we met up for the very first time.

He was great company and we laughed all evening. He admitted that he had been doubtful about joining a dating site because he did not know if anyone would want to meet up with him, because he could not commit to what he called a normal relationship, because he would not be able to see anyone on a regular basis.

I responded by saying surely it is quality rather than quantity and that I would much rather go out once in a while and really enjoy it.  At the end of the evening we both agreed it had been a success and said we would like to meet up again.

We continued to email each other every few days then both agreed it would be nice to Skype each other which to be honest felt like a date, obviously I had taken care to look good on camera and he looked as if he had made the effort too.  He had to excuse himself a couple of time to check up on his father but soon came back to talk some more.

We had our second date a few weeks later and had our first kiss. With all the skyping I felt like we had known each other for ages and we constantly laughed with each other about our virtual relationship.

Yes things were a little difficult and not the normal dating scenario but never the less really enjoyable.   I was really pleased that we had become close. It would not be like this forever and in my mind here was a man that was worth waiting for.

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