Why are people over 50 suddenly getting into online dating? Their adult children are leading them to it. After 60-year-old Vina Dugan’s divorce, her daughter talked her into it.
“She says, ‘Mom, I’ve got E-Harmony all ready for you’ and I thought ‘Oh, my God, what am I doing?’ ” Vina says.
Within a few days, she met Gary Dugan, a widower.
“I was married for 45 years to my next door neighbor, one I grew up with,” Gary says. “Sally had cancer for about 17 months. She definitely wanted me to remarry.”
Before she died, Sally had heard about eHarmony.� “One time she said, ‘That’s how you’re going to find your new wife,’ ” Gary says, “and I said, ‘Yeah, I am.’”
So, after Sally died, 63-year-old Gary Dugan signed up. Within a few months, he and Vina were married. Now, they travel the country in an RV with a license plate named after the site where they met.
“It was very special,” Vina says of the online site. “We wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for this.”
(Excerpted from CBS News, 27 December 2005)
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