After we had both tried JDate a few times before, we each decided to give it one last shot. Sure enough, a brief Monday night introductory conversation ended up leading to hours of back and forth contact. Soon thereafter, this led to a date in Central Park on what we would later realize was a fateful and lucky day: 8/8/08. After hours of strolling and great conversation, without any concept of time, the daytime ran into night and Jason had leave to meet a cousin for dinner, admitting to me later that he never assumed he’d want a first date to last more than 4 hours. Before he left, we made plans for date #2…the very same night, after dinner. In fact, to solidify it as an official second date, I even made an outfit change.
Sure enough, a third date followed the very next day, and both of us knew we had found something special.
The next few months flew by, and we both felt lucky to have found each other, especially when we were faced with more hardship than most couples face early on in their relationship. Both my mother and Jason’s father passed away. My mother’s passing was sudden and unexpected, and for many months we also dealt with Jason’s father’s declining health. However, as unfortunate as the situation was, the silver lining was that it allowed us to not only become closer with each other, but also with each other’s families.
Sure enough, ten months after our courtship began, we became engaged in Central Park, at the bench where we first met. Fortunately, Jason’s father was able to see it happen and even be a part of the process: As a jeweler, he created my ring! It was the exact same style as both of our mothers’, and he even incorporated side stones from my mother’s ring, which was passed on after her death.
At our wedding ceremony, Jason’s father’s ring was used as we said our vows and started our Happily Ever After. We have JDate to thank for helping us find each other.
Abbi and Jason
New York, New York