Simon and Mandy
Simon: “I had been single for some time but was never interested in meeting people on nights out. I’d seen eHarmony adverts on television and figured I would sign up, just to see who I was matched with, I never thought it would work! After a week or so I’d been matched with quite a few people that I liked the sound of, so I paid for a three month subscription and started messaging some of my matches.
After a month nobody had responded to me, so I reviewed the photos I’d put on my profile and changed my main profile picture to one that I didn’t particularly like that much, but one that I thought made me look confident and outgoing. During the next 24 hours I received a number of icebreakers from several ladies. I’ll never underestimate the power of a good photo ever again! The third message I read was from Mandy. I stopped reading all my other messages immediately and accepted her invitation to go through the guided communications.
A couple of days later we were sending open emails to each other several times a day. We both admitted that we were nervous about speaking to each other openly and sharing experiences but within a week we had swapped numbers and email addresses and after a month we met for the first time.
We decided to meet at a pub near where Mandy lives. I thought it would be better if Mandy met me in a place that she knew, so that she’d feel comfortable. Mandy was already at the pub when I arrived but she’d told me that she didn’t want to go in on her own so I went to look for her. I looked inside and outside the pub and wandered around the car park before deciding to just call her and find out where she was. It turned out that Mandy had been waiting patiently in a different car park, so when we finally found each other we had a good laugh about my poor direction skills!
We had a quick drink and then I took Mandy to a concert. We sat at the back, giggling like kids all the way through it. We found it really easy to talk to each other and all of our initial nerves went away very quickly. After the concert we went to get something to eat, carried on chatting, totally at ease and we’ve never stopped since!
We now meet once a week because there’s a bit of a distance between where we both live, but we talk every day and try to make the most of our time when we can see each other.”