I got some sad news last week. Yahoo! Personals is closing its doors and selling its assets to match.com. Why is this sad to me? Because Mr. Wonderful and I met on Yahoo! two and a half years ago. It's sort of like the bar where we shared our first few laughs is shutting down.
Upon reading the news, I sprung into action—logging into my old account and digging in the annals of hidden profiles to dredge up my page. Then I took screenshots of it. I'm a scrapbooker, I can't help myself. It seemed like something important that needed to be recorded for posterity. I begged Mr. W to do the same, and smiled as I read the description text he wrote that I hadn't seen in such a long time. I have no idea what I'll do with our screenshots, but the contents of them changed both of our lives for what we hope will be forever.
Match.com is running a TV spot right now that says 1 in 5 relationships now starts online. 20% is a pretty big number. I'm so glad people are embracing this way of meeting each other. I know there's been a lot of resistance to Internet dating in the past (I avoided it like the plague for several years) but it really is a great way to find great people (and weirdos who make for good stories to tell friends and family). Sometimes I even miss the excitement of that first in-person meeting. Will he have a facial tick? Will he be as funny as his emails? Will his arms be unusually short?
But then I look at the picture of Mr. W on my desk and am reminded that I never want to go looking for anyone else ever again. And I can live vicariously through friends for the great bad date stories. Maybe on one of our anniversaries, Mr. W and I will pull out our screenshots and reminisce about when we first met, the way other couples visit the Starbucks where they first caught one another's eye. Maybe we'll tell stories to our grandnieces and nephews about how we started falling in love on two old MacIntosh computers. Maybe we'll laugh in our rocking chairs when we find out that only 20% of relationships begin in real life vs. online.
Until then, I wish everyone happy, lucky dating and bid a sad goodnight to my beloved Yahoo!.