Published: December 31. 2012 2:56PM
Written by Stephanie Morgan
Photos by Cindy Hosea
• ■Horror stories of blind dates are a dime a dozen, told year after year and usually accompanied by a wry grin and a “never again” ending. But those days may be numbered now that it’s 2013.
Dozens of online dating sites and easy access to contact information through social media make introductions a piece of cake. Of course, there’s still plenty of room for meeting that special someone the old-fashioned way through friends or family. Still not convinced there’s no such thing as a successful blind date? These local love stories will make you a believer.
Amie Glenn-Goodwin was busy tending to her little flock of three small children — the oldest age 7 and the baby a wee 7 months — when a friend suggested a blind date with a single dad. Just entering her new life as a single mom, Glenn-Goodwin was a bit overwhelmed at the thought of taking another turn on a what felt like the bumpiest of roads she’d traveled, but it turns out a forced detour is just what she needed. She remembers her friend saying, “ I am giving him your number and he is going to call you. Talk to him if you choose.”
He called. She talked.
A few years later, Glenn-Goodwin and Dwayne Goodwin feel as thought they’ve been together as a family unit forever. Within the first year of dating, the question had been popped and the two became six, and then seven when their fifth daughter was born one year and half later — but the adventure didn’t stop there.
As CEO of Goodwin Group Holdings LLC, Dwayne has brought his wife along as he has opened four small grocery stores in communities in Greenville’s surrounding area, a lifestyle change she could have never once imagined.
Traveling uncharted territories and loving it, Glenn-Goodwin has never been happier about her decision to take a good friend’s advice.
“I highly recommend stepping a little outside of the comfort zone when the time is right,” she says.
It’s 1993. Amy Grace lives in the southern part of the state with two boys and she’s working as a real estate agent.
She attends a Christmas party just like a million others — nothing special about it, really. Very casually, a neighbor from down the block asks if she’s interested in meeting a relative of his living in Greenville.
“What can that hurt?” she heard herself say, thinking that Greenville is far away and these things rarely ever come to fruition.
A few months later, Grace receives a phone call from an unrecognizable person and hears a request for a date from the relative of her neighbor.
Joe Grace is the brother of the neighbor who suggested the two meet. After sharing a very comfortable first date full of laughter and stories about their children, it was obvious to both that the potential for something bigger existed. Joe proposed that April; they were married three months later and have made their home in Greenville ever since. Each brought two children to the marriage and the couple later had a fifth child together.
This is a family thankful for a nosy neighbor who meddled just enough to see a good thing through.
Don’t know a friend with a lot of connections? Don’t worry.
Recent studies show that one in five couples today find their significant others with the help of online dating companies. More and more people are finding that this is the way to make the dating process easier.
For the last three months, Tim McKinney has been actively using the online dating business, MillionaireMatch.com. This website, awarded “Best on the Web” by Forbes.com, provides a way for successful people to meet one another no matter how far the geographical distance between them. McKinney is a busy owner of three car dealerships and has found that reading about women and their interests saves a lot of time.
“Reading profiles and selecting dates based on the interests of others is more convenient for me than going on dates,” he says. “ I also like that I am able to meet many different types of women with varying interests.”
Using Skype, an online service that allows customers to see one another while chatting, eases a face-to-face interaction if the relationship progresses to that level. McKinney has spoken with women as far away as Spain using this method. Filtering through options in the privacy of one’s home makes dating seem a bit less stressful, and is a first choice for many looking for a way to meet someone new. These days, finding companionship can be found a hop, skip or click away.
Whatever the route to get there, in the end we all want a compatible companion and a chance for true love.
What can it hurt? Here’s my number.
So, call me maybe?
|Amy and Joe Grace were set up on a blind date decades ago and are still thankful for it.Kris Decker - Firewater Photography|