A Welsh man and a Wisconsin woman met online, got engaged four minutes after they met in person at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, married four days later, and two years later, have a happy home in South Wales with a child.
According an article on the BBC’s website, while dating sites in the US have seen a downturn in business in the last year, European sites are still seeing plenty of customers showing up to look for a potential spouse. Not only are they enthusiastic over there, apparently some of them are in a bit of a hurry!
In another article, the BBC reports on the case of a Wisconsin woman who met a Welsh man on an online card playing site. icWales confirms the story. The man, Carl Dockings, 36, and the 26 year old woman, Danielle, bumped into each other when he decided to spend some time one night playing cards online after a hard day’s work. They bumped into each other and, according to him, hit it off. They got to know each other over the next ten months, and decided to meet in person. Love at first sight may have set a new record, because four minutes after they first set eyes on each other, he popped the question – and she accepted! They now live happily together, with a young child born on New Year’s Day, whose name is Isabel.
Apparently, the engagement wasn’t a complete surprise, although the future groom couldn’t wait long to pop the question once he got there. Danielle said that they had talked about the possibility previously. Details of the marriage four days later weren’t available.
Mr. and Mrs. Dockings talked about their connection, how even over the internet and with different backgrounds they had similar thoughts, interests, and enjoyed simply chatting together. They said that there was “never an awkward silence.” The man’s mother remarked that they still play cards in person, and that she was tickled that they even play “footsie” with each other as they play, in obvious affection.
Online, people get to meet others who are similar but are not easily found in the local area, and cupid plays with better odds, common interests, the excitement of a different culture which might be more suitable, different values than at home, things that fit better – or just, the love of their life. The mother of the Welsh man, who at first was skeptical but now is a believer, said “When he told me I said ‘You fool’ but when I saw them together I realised it was the right thing.”