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February 13, 2014

Karilyn Bentley: Cupid Comes Calling - Blind Date


 
By the time I hit grad school in my mid-twenties, I was single and tired of dating jerks. One morning I woke and decided enough was enough and there was nothing wrong with living the rest of my life by myself. I had friends, why did I need a man?

And that's when Cupid struck.

After an hour of bemoaning the latest dating mistake to one of my grad school buddies, she asked if I'd like to meet one of her friends. "He has long hair. You don't mind long hair, do you?" Of course not, all the better to run my hands through. <g>



She picked a day for a double date with her then-fiance and invited us over to her house. She presented this as it was to me, a blind date. However, to my potential date, she said a group of friends were going out for drinks and music, would he like to come. Needless to say he was a bit surprised that the group of friends was a double date. <g>

I arrived first, before either of the guys. "Are you nervous?" my friend asked.
"Nope. As long as you don't mind if I don't like him, I'm not nervous about the date."
"Oh my god. I would be so nervous. What if he's the one you marry?"
I don't remember what I said to that, but I do remember thinking, yeah right. And then there was the distinct twang of an arrow being fired from Cupid's bow.

When my date arrived I thought he was cute. And tall. And short-haired b/c he'd cut his hair to go on job interviews. He thought I was adorable b/c I kept tripping all night long (he thought I was tipsy, little did he know I just can't walk a straight line without tripping on air and falling over my feet). By the end of the night, I knew he was the one. This is strange, I know, but when I sat beside him, or held his hand, I felt like threads were binding our hearts together. Don't laugh.

Then he left. Without asking for my number. I was too shy to ask for his and kept beating myself up over it the rest of the night.

Six weeks later he got my number from our friend and the rest is history. We dated two years (b/c both of us are slow movers with decisions, especially life changing ones) before getting married and have been married for a little over 14 years. Still in love. Still feeling those strange heart-binding threads of a soul mate.

Have you ever been set up on a blind date? If so, what happened?

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29 comments:

Kimberly Dawn said...

No blind dates for me, but I loved reading about yours!

Jennifer Haddad said...

No blind date set ups here. Love reading your story and other people's blind date stories.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Kimberly,
Thank you for stopping by! Glad you liked my blind date story. I went on several, but this one was the best! :)

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Jennifer,
Thank you for stopping by! It is fun to read about others' blind date stories. Some of them are interesting and some, not so much. :)

Bailey Stewart said...

My blind date never turned out that well ... couldn't wait until we dropped him off that night (drunk octopus). Heading over to get that book now!

Snarky Mom Reads said...

I've never done a blind date. I'm too much of a control freak - it would NOT go well for me not knowing what I was getting into LOL!!

Jean MP said...

No blind dates for me. Loved reading your story. Nice to hear about great ones that work out.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Dick said...

Went on a couple in college, nothing special. No magic connection. Got married just because all my friends were when I got back from service.

Two beautiful kids, boy and girl, lasted 15 years. Next lasted six months, met a woman in Frisco on my flights to Korea with National Guard, another six month ordeal,said never again.

Two years later hired a red headed bookkeeper from college, so six month's later we married. Been married 20 years now. Life is one strange puppy.

Dick said...

Went on a couple in college, nothing special. No magic connection. Got married just because all my friends were when I got back from service.

Two beautiful kids, boy and girl, lasted 15 years. Next lasted six months, met a woman in Frisco on my flights to Korea with National Guard, another six month ordeal,said never again.

Two years later hired a red headed bookkeeper from college, so six month's later we married. Been married 20 years now. Life is one strange puppy.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Bailey,
That does not sound like a good date! I'm happy to report, I never had one like that! Hope you enjoy the book!!!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Snarky Mom and Jean,
Thank you for stopping by! Sometimes the blind dates are worth it and sometimes they aren't. :) Happy reading!!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Dick,
Thank you for stopping by! Glad you finally found the right one for you! Life is strange that way. :) Have a great day!

LadyDi77 said...

Not only no, but heck no!! Blind dates scare the crap outta me -- you never know who you'll end up with! Besides, I've been married for 29 years, so... :)

bn100 said...

No, I haven't

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Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi LadyDi77 and bn100,
Thank you for stopping by! I can definitely understand the hesitancy. As you said, you never know who you'll end up with. :)

Happy Reading!

Michelle Miles said...

Aww! I loved that!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Thank you Michelle!!! :)

Rita said...

What a great story, I enjoyed reading it. I have never been on a blind date.

Sylvia said...

The blind dates I had were all bad. So glad you had one that turned out well.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Rita,
Thank you for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed my story! You are not the only one who hasn't been on a blind date. They can be interesting! :)

Happy reading!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Sylvia,
Yep, a good many blind dates don't turn out so well. I got lucky. :)

Kathy Ivan said...

Blind dates are like a box of chocolates. Some really great ones, and some stinky, yucky, mushy ones. LOL Cute story, Karilyn. Glad your fine your Mr. Wright.

Pamela Stone said...

Great story. I never had a blind date, but now I'm wondering whether I should have tried it. Sounds sorta fun. At least yours did.

karla eakin said...

Congrats on 14 years!!! And many more to come. In high school my best friend and I both got set up on a blind date together..we got to the theater early saw our potential dates and cringed..they were younger and very immature..we saw some older guys from the neighborhood and asked if we could join them..we left our little boys happily playing video games, and reamed our other friend who set us up

AquarianDancer said...

I have never been on a blind date, but it was close once. I just am not comfortable with dating, much less blind dates. I don't know what to do with myself.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Kathy and Pam,
Thank you for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the story! And Pam, I went on some not so good ones too. :)

Karilyn Bentley said...

Thank you Karla! I would've done the same thing you and your friend did. :) It's always fun to see who your friends think you'd be compatible with. :)

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi AquarianDancer,
Thank you for stopping by! Blind dates do tend to put you in a rather awkward position. Not all of them are good though, but sometimes you can meet that one true love. :)

Happy reading!

Kim V said...

Yes, I went on a blind date and I married him!