Having been widowed in 2004, it took some time for me to get myself back into the ‘dating world.’ A friend suggested I try JDate, so I took the advice and joined — it opened up a whole new world.
I emailed quite a few members, some more suitable than others. I think you have to be quite brave in order to not lose heart and carry on.
One evening I had an email from Simon. We just started to talk about the usual stuff, who you know, where you work, what you like to do for leisure time, etc. Simon was, at the time, on business in the Far East. He was very sweet and telephoned me every evening. It was always an easy conversation. He was also widowed, so we had a lot in common.
I was amazed he wanted to meet up the evening he flew back into London. I was impressed as he surely had jet lag. We met at The Star in Dunmow. I arrived early and sat down with a drink to calm my nerves. The waiter thought it was hilarious; after all, I am in my fifties! Simon arrived on time. To be honest, I wasn’t sure about him at first sight. However, after sitting down to a lovely meal, it gave us the opportunity to talk face to face. We had so much in common, yet came from two totally different backgrounds.
The evening flew by. We were the last to leave that night. Simon escorted me back to my car and telephoned me at least four times on my journey home!
That was October of 2010. By March 2011, Simon proposed to me while on holiday in Mexico. I thought he was joking! After several attempts at persuading me he was not joking, I accepted.
On May 10th, 2012 we were married at Sandy’s Row Shul in the East End, with our beautiful children standing under the Chuppah, sharing our happiness.
Lisa and Simon
Woodford Green, Essex, UK