Nina: It's strange how things happen... you
are trudging through the mundane weary lanes of life when suddenly,
out of nowhere, love walks in and touches your life in a way that you
know that nothing could ever be the same again...
She's From: United States He's From: France
I had just come to the "messy" end of a
relationship that left me completely drained.
I had decided that I would never find anyone
quite like my ex, luckily for me, I was right!
I was living in a small community and
going to school when I decided to be pro-active and find a few internet
friends. I found a site and put an advertisement in the 'seeking
friends' category. Approximately fifty men responded to my
advertisement. Although some of the inquiries sent to me were not
appealing or appropriate, I found one that was simply charming.
It was apparent to me that the person
writing the note was not a native English speaker. His sentences were
far from grammatically correct, and his spelling was atrocious! He
claimed to be French.
I had taken several
years of French in High School and College and knew enough to write a
short, grammatically incorrect letter in French as a reply. You see, I
was testing him, making sure that he was who he said he was. To my
relief and joy, I received a lengthy letter in French as a reply with a
short English translation at the bottom of the page.
We emailed for three months before we decided to 'meet' online via an
internet service called pal talk. It was on pal talk that I first heard
his voice thick with a charming French accent! I was also able to see a
picture of him online! Unfortunately for him, I did not own a scanner or
a web-cam so he had no idea what I looked like! We continued to meet on
pal talk every other night for two months.
The day after Christmas (2000), we met for the first time at a Chinese
restaurant that I picked. (He lived about 50 miles away from my parentís
home.) He was so charming, and his mouth dropped open when he saw what I
looked like. Later on, he confided to me that he was sure I would not be
beautiful because of the lack of my online picture, but he enjoyed my
personality so much that he didn't really care what I looked like. He
was happily surprised by my appearance.
Butterflies had taken over my stomach and I was a nervous wreck when we
finally met, face to face, but I soon felt at home with him. In fact, we
went out three more times while I was visiting my parents over the
It has been almost two years since we started emailing one another. In
that time we have become engaged and we are moving to France together.
As I sit her and think about my darling, I am so glad that I had the
courage to step outside of my comfort circle and place that online add.
What a difference a decision makes!